In Gravity, a cinematic feat amid the cosmos
TORONTO (AP) - It's the 13-minute shot heard round the world.
Festival audiences in Venice and Telluride have been floored by the lengthy opening shot to Alfonso Cuaron's 3-D space odyssey, Gravity, which plunges moviegoers into space and leaves them reeling in weightlessness. When the film premieres on Sunday at the Toronto International Festival, the lore of Cuaron's balletic beginning is sure to only grow.
"It's the idea of trying to create a moment of truthfulness in which the camera happens to be there just to witness, and respecting that moment in real time," Cuaron said in a recent interview.
The Mexican director and his longtime cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, beginning with Y Tu Mama Tambien and up to their last film, the gritty science-fiction thriller Children Of Men, have been renown for their propensity for long, unbroken, beautifully choreographed sequences. A four-minute uncut scene in Children Of Men captured a playful conversation scene in a car suddenly ambushed in a forest by dozens wielding clubs and guns, and then carried on through the escape and beyond. For it, Cuaron built a track inside the car for the camera to move forward and backward.