Alfonso Cuarón to Receive Visionary Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

The director will be honored for this black-and-white drama “Roma,” which he also wrote, shot and edited

Alfonso Cuaron Roma premiere TIFF
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Director Alfonso Cuarón will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala, PSIFF organizers announced on Monday.

The award will be presented to Cuarón on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Cuarón’s new film, “Roma,” is a black-and-white, Spanish-language drama based on his memories of growing up in a Mexico City suburb, and a love letter of sorts to the nanny who helped raise him. Cuarón directed, wrote, shot and edited the Netflix film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion Award as the festival’s best film.

The Sonny Bono Visionary Award is named after the singer, actor and former Palm Springs mayor who founded the festival. Past recipients of the award include directors Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Danny Boyle and Tom Hooper.

Cuarón joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Rami Malek and the cast and director of “Green Book.” More honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from Jan. 3 through 14 in the desert resort east of Los Angeles.