The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced that Mexican writer/director Alfonso Cuarón will be honored at the the Museum's 2014 Film Benefit, to be held on Monday, November 10. Cuarón is the Academy Award-winning director of Gravity (2013), A Little Princess (1995), Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Children of Men (2006), and Sólo con tu Pareja (1991).
The Museum's Film Benefit will be highlighted by a tribute recognizing Cuarón's acclaimed work and a gala dinner. Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, states: "Alfonso Cuarón is the rare auteur who is completely fluent in both the grandest studio-scaled pictures as well as the dirt-road indies. There's no one else I'd rather take a cinematic voyage with, whether it be to a hidden beach in Mexico or to orbit upper-Earth."
MoMA's vast film collection includes: Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity. Cuarón has also participated in MoMA's Contenders series, engaging in a post-screening discussion with his son, Jonas Cuarón, after Gravity was screened as a part of the exhibition in November 2013.
The Film Benefit raises funds for the acquisition and preservation of great film works, as well as providing support for upcoming film exhibitions at MoMA. Previous honorees include Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann.