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Humanity's extinction? Not pessimistic, says Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron does not believe his movie set in 2027 about a world in which humans can't procreate and people are facing the likelihood of their own extinction is pessimistic about the future.

"It's simply an open window on to the present -- of what we have in front of our eyes every day," Cuaron said yesterday, where his movie Children of Men premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival.

In the film, a former activist turned bureaucrat played by British actor Clive Owen agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

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The movie is set in a violent, messy London plagued by warring nationalist groups. But "we were very concerned not to glorify violence, or the elements of violence," Cuaron said, which is why Owen's character, for instance, never carries a gun.

"We wanted to talk about the present, we wanted you to feel in the present," said Cuaron, whose previous movies include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mama tambien and Great Expectations.

"The film is populated by icons and images that now are part of the human conscience and most of the images are media images," Cuaron added.

Owen said he agreed to take the part because of Cuaron.

"I'm very instinctive when I choose my roles, it's a sort of many things together, usually the number one thing has to be the director really," Owen said. AP

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