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Roma

Venezia 75 Competition

Director:
Alfonso Cuarón
Production:
Gabriela Rodríguez, Alfonso Cuarón, Nicolás Celis, Esperanto Filmoj, Participant Media
Running Time:
135’
Language:
Spanish, Mixtec
Country:
Mexico
Main Cast:
Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Carlos Peralta, Nancy García
Screenplay:
Alfonso Cuarón
Cinematographer:
Alfonso Cuarón
Editor:
Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
Production Designer:
Eugenio Caballero
Costume Designer:
Anna Terrazas
Sound:
Sergio Díaz, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, José Antonio García
Special Effects:
Alejandro Vázquez

Synopsis

The most personal project to date from director and writer Alfonso Cuarón, 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 from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela, also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia, 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.

Director’s Statement

There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals. Time and space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places. ROMA is an attempt to capture the memory of events that I experienced almost fifty years ago. It is an exploration of Mexico’s social hierarchy, where class and ethnicity have been perversely interwoven to this date and, above all, it’s an intimate portrait of the women who raised me in a recognition of love as a mystery that transcends space, memory and time.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Esperanto Filmoj
c/o Big Talk Productions, 2nd Floor, 19-21 Great Portland St
W1W 8QB – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 2037400 552

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Participant Media

WORLD SALES: Netflix

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Netflix

PRESS OFFICE: Cai Mason – Netflix
Stadhouderskade 55
1072 AB – Amsterdam, Netherlands
cmason@netflix.com

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Hannah Tatum, John Scrafton, Lucy Post, Paul Saunter – DDA
Roma@ddapr.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: STUDIO LUCHERINI PIGNATELLI
Gianluca Pignatelli gianluca@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
Benedetta Lucherini benny@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
Daniele Massironi daniele@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
info@studiolucherinipignatelli.it


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