Nominated for 10 Academy Awards® including: Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing
Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical ROMA is an immersive, compassionate and technical masterwork that, though set in the 1970s, speaks directly to contemporary Mexican society. Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) works as a live-in maid and nanny for an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City’s Roma district. When the family patriarch departs for an unusually protracted business trip, his wife, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), is left at home. While Cleo helps Sofia take care of the children, she is dumped by her self-absorbed boyfriend after he discovers she is pregnant. As both women face the possibility of single motherhood, it’s obvious that their disparate levels of social status will differently impact their possible futures. Shot on 65mm digital black and white, ROMA subtly explores ethnic and class divisions with a potent sense of emotional intimacy and historical acuteness.