Roma

Alfonso Cuaron
Mexique  |  2018  |  135 min.

2019 Academy Award Winner for: Best Director,
Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film.

Roma chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world. A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, Roma follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma.

 

Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators. Filmed in luminous black and white, Roma is an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife.

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor. Cuarón has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five, including two Best Director awards for Gravity (2013) and Roma (2018).

 

He is the first Latin American director to receive the award for Best Director. He has also received Academy Awards for Best Film Editing for Gravity,
co-written with son Jonas, and Best Cinematography for Roma. Cuarón's other notable films include the family drama A Little Princess (1995), the drama
Y Tu Mamá También (2001), the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and the dystopian thriller Children of Men (2006).

 

Cuarón made his feature film directorial debut with the dark comedy Sólo con Tu Pareja (Love in the Time of Hysteria) and soon after that started to shoot films in Hollywood, in parallel with productions in his home country. In addition to his feature film work, Cuarón executive produced the documentary This Changes Everything, written by Naomi Klein and directed by Avi Lewis, which explores the impact of economic models on climate change.

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