Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Roma' Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron Picked for Sonny Bono Visionary Award

The Oscar-winning auteur will collect his hardware at the fest's annual awards gala on Jan. 3.
Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-winning auteur known for films ranging from 2001's Y Tu Mama Tambien to 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to 2006's Children of Men to 2013's Gravity, has been tapped by the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the fest's Sonny Bono Visionary Award in recognition of his multihyphenate work — as writer, director, producer, cinematographer and film editor — on Roma, a film inspired by his own childhood, which Netflix released in select theaters over the weekend and will begin streaming on Dec. 14.

The 30th edition of PSIFF is set to run Jan. 3-14. Cuaron will collect his hardware at the fest's annual awards gala on Jan. 3.

Previous recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which is named after the fest's late founder and former mayor of Palm Springs, include Danny Boyle, Michel Hazanavicius, Tom Hooper, Tom McCarthy, Richard Linklater and Quentin Tarantino.

"Alfonso Cuaron’s latest feature Roma is a masterful achievement in filmmaking," fest chair Harold Matzner said Monday in a statement. "Drawing upon his childhood memories, Cuaron has created an emotionally driven story about a family growing up in 1970s Mexico City — a film he not only directed, but on which he also was a writer, producer, cinematographer and editor. For his ability to take on many roles and for his expert storytelling of this subject matter, the festival is proud to present Alfonso Cuaron with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award."

PSIFF previously announced several other honors to be presented at its awards gala: Glenn Close (The Wife) will receive the Icon Award; Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will receive the Spotlight Award; and Green Book's co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will receive the Vanguard Award. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming days.