SDCC 2013 Video Interview: Alfonso Cuarón on the Long-Takes in 'Gravity'

Gravity

[MTV & Film.com Exclusive] With "R.I.P.D." finally screening tonight, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is now our most-anticipated film of the year. In fact, it was was our most-anticipated film of last year as well, until it was unceremoniously bumped from the schedule due to the fact that it wasn't going to be ready in time to make its original November 2012 release date. An incredibly ambitious film that invited the "Children of Men" director to perfect the intricate long-take strategy that he first developed with his brilliant 2006 dystopian saga, "Gravity" tells the story of a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) whose first mission to space, a seemingly banal technical exercise, becomes a breathlessly intense fight for survival when she and her veteran co-worker (George Clooney) experience a malfunction and are separated from their ship with just a limited reserve of oxygen to keep them both alive (peep the trailer here). Reportedly opening with a nearly 17-minute shot and containing fewer cuts in its 88 minutes than most films do in their trailers, "Gravity" is a classic suspense yarn with a mind-boggling technical flourish.

Cuarón brought the film to Comic-Con today, and sat down with MTV's Josh Horowitz to discuss the film's remarkable shooting style, the particulars as to why it was delayed for almost a full year, and how it was inspired by an unlikely Steven Spielberg movie. Enjoy this revealing five-minute video interview, and then try your best to go into cryogenic sleep until "Gravity" opens on October 4.

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