Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ gets a first teaser trailer

Image courtesy of TIFF © Alfonso Cuarón 2018

Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón has released the very first teaser trailer for his deeply personal latest film, ROMA, which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this September.

Produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, ROMA is a Netflix release and will launch on Netflix globally later this year.

An artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world – written, directed, co-photographed, co-edited and co-produced by Cuarón – ROMA chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City, inspired by the women from his childhood.

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 neighbourhood 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.

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