With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso CuarÃ³n recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Written, directed, shot, and coedited by CuarÃ³n, Roma is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its authorâs memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
Road to âRoma,â a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Alfonso CuarÃ³n
Snapshots from the Set, a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela RodrÃguez and NicolÃ¡s Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others
New documentaries about the filmâs sound and postproduction processes, featuring Alfonso CuarÃ³n; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team; editor Adam Gough; postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales; and finishing artist Steven J. Scott
New documentary about the filmâs ambitious theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring NicolÃ¡s Celis and Gabriela RodrÃguez
Nothing at Stake, a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
Essays by novelist Valeria Luiselli and historian Enrique K