may_10.jpgAlfonso Cuarón’s A Little Princess was released in the United States on this day in 1995. Adapted by Richard LaGravenese from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the movie tells the story of young Sara Crewe, sent from India to New York when her father decides to enlist for service in WWI. Within the walls of her New York boarding school, the young Crewe is worshipped by the headmistress for her family’s wealth and adored by her housemates for her vivid imagination and fanciful storytelling. But news of her father’s demise turns her world upside down—all captured with cinematic flair by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski, who went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for this movie in 1996.

Connections: A Little Princess marked the first international success for the pairing of director Alfonso Cuarón and DP Emmanuel Lubezki. The duo moved on to collaborations on Great Expectations (1998), Y tu mamá también (2001) and Children of Men (2006).