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Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, co-edited and shot the film. Set in 1970 and 1971, the film is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City, and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family. The title refers to the Colonia Roma, a neighbourhood in Mexico City.

The film has recently won the Golden Globe for Best Director and also Best Foreign Language Film with Cuarón thanking his film’s producers as well as Netflix for “bringing this very unlikely film into the mainstream awareness”.

“I feel a little bit like cheating accepting this award because most of what I was doing was just to witness and enjoy these actors who just exist on the screen,” he said, lauding his two leads Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. Another part of me is telling me that in reality, this film was directed by Libo, by my mother and my family, and maybe even more importantly, by this place, this very complex land, that shaped and created me,” he said, saluting his home country of Mexico.

He said the nation introduced him to ‘the amazing colours that made me who I am’.

Watch the trailer for Roma HERE 


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