“My hope for the future is for people to start cutting loose from [their] geographic roots, to begin moving towards a state of freedom, of rootlessness. I feel this is what someone like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has already done. By shooting Babel in Morocco and Japan, you could say that he was leaving his roots and finding his identity.

“I have a huge appreciation of backgrounds. What I have a problem with is borders. The language of cinema is cinema itself: it doesn’t matter whether it is filmed in Spanish or English or French or Japanese. The same goes for the people who make it. Yes, I’m a filmmaker from Mexico. But I also belong to the world.” — Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, writing in the Guardian.