'Roma' teaser: 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuaron is bringing his most personal project yet to Netflix
Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows the life of a middle-class family
Alfonso Cuaron’s much talked about creation 'Roma' is almost here and Netflix has just released the first teaser trailer of the film. 'Roma' is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows the life of a middle-class family. Correction: The very turbulent lives of the middle-class family. This being Cuaron's "most essential film", there's no blatant depiction of anything and the trailer just shows water washing over a street.
Cuaron has told Indiewire how personal 'Roma' is to him and called it his most personal project ever. Cuaron explained how it was "shaped by his own memories," saying: “Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory. Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
After shooting the film in 65mm and using Dolby Atmos sound, the makers decided to go ahead with Netflix instead of a theatrical-only distribution because of the most impeccable reason ever.
“It has to reach the biggest audience possible,” Cuarón explained. “For me, when Netflix made a pitch to us, this film being so intimate for me, I was really concerned with the film not being able to reach as much of an audience as possible. I'm not even talking commercially, but just securing a long life for the film. Now that we’re at the end of July, I’m very grateful so far for the way Netflix is handling it and their passion for the film.”
While the first teaser of 'Roma' gives away very, very little, Cuaron himself captioned the video clip on Twitter, writing: "There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals." The film will also be playing at the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. It will finally be released on Netflix and in theaters later this year.
But until then, for those impatient enough to cannot wait for further teasers or trailers to find out about Roma, here's what the official synopsis of the movie says: "The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), 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 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."