Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Roma, will debut at the 75th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as the first foreign film to be screened in over 15 years.
Beautifully captured in black and white on 65 mm and shot on site, Roma takes place in the Mexico City in the 1970’s and tells the story of a pair of domestic workers, Adela (Nancy Garcia Garcia) and Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), and their middle-class employer Sofia (Marina de Tavira).
The story illustrates the women’s relationship which supersedes the laws of class and race in a “new sense of love and solidarity” amid the shifting social structures of the century.
This will be the director’s first non-English film since Y Tu Mama Tambien in 2001 and is said to be Cuaron’s most personal production.
“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuaron said.
“Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico,” Cuaron said.
The talented mind behind Children of Men (2006) and the Oscar winner, Gravity (2013), Cuaron is known for his selectivity in scripts as well as his trademark camera work from long takes to tracking and elastic shots.
The Netflix original will be screened in select theaters to qualify it for awards before arriving on the online streaming site in December.