People around the world yesterday have suddenly started noticing Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” is playing in their local cinemas, that’s because Netflix has just announced a wide expansion of the international footprint of its theatrical release of the potential awards contender.
The film is not only getting a limited theatrical release of 100 cinemas domestically, but it will also be out in 500 worldwide close to or simultaneous with its debut on the service on December 14th.
Signs started popping up regarding this yesterday with noted Australian film writer Laurence Barber reported that he saw the film in Sydney, Australia – a city that originally didn’t appear to be playing the movie. Now it’s revealed to be playing in four cinemas in that city alone (Cremorne Orpheum, Randwick Ritz, Dendy Newtown, Palace Norton St).
Soon others started chiming up about the film showing in their markets and now it seems Netflix has finally issued a press release about it.
“Roma” is the most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer, which chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Despite the smaller arty subject matter, the film is very much a big screen experience – shot in 70mm with incredibly detailed widescreen compositions and fully immersive Atmos sound.
David Linde, CEO of Participant Media says: “Alfonso and everyone at Participant believes strongly in the theatrical experience. Choice and increased audience diversity around the world are also very important, and this incredible combination of the two worlds is something very exciting.”
For those who can’t get to a cinema, don’t fret – “Roma” will arrive on Netflix on December 14th.