Beloved “Gravity” and “Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuaron finally returns to directing this year with “Roma,” a film he dubs his ‘most personal project to date’. Set to be released on Netflix later this year, all that was previously known before today was that it would be in black-and-white and follow a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
More recently we learned the Corpus Christi Massacre, in which soldiers killed liberal student protesters, would figure into the story. Now a new and very brief teaser trailer has gone up for the film to coincide with its announcement as being part of the line-up at this year’s Venice Film Festival. There’s also a new and lengthy synopsis going into much more detail about the movie’s story:
“Cuaron, 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 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.”
After Venice, “Roma” will also screen at Toronto, New York and likely Telluride before getting an Oscar-qualifying run in cinemas and then premiere on Netflix’s service in December.
There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals. pic.twitter.com/TOBHcvGb7T
— Alfonso Cuaron (@alfonsocuaron) July 25, 2018