Friday, August 31, 2018

#Venezia75 – La Biennale di Venezia - Film Festival - Roma - Alfonso Cuaron

photograph - Netflix– courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

#Venezia75 – La Biennale di Venezia - Film Festival
Roma - Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, with Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Carlos Peralta, and Nancy García is his most personal project to date. Director, writer and cinematographer Alfonso Cuaron, chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuaron, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world. It is a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators. Filmed in luminous black and whiteRoma 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.

photograph Carlos Somonte - Netflix– courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals. Time and space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places. ROMA is an attempt to capture the memory of events that I experienced almost fifty years ago. It is an exploration of Mexico’s social hierarchy, where class and ethnicity have been perversely interwoven to this date and, above all, it’s an intimate portrait of the women who raised me in a recognition of love as a mystery that transcends space, memory and time.”
Alfonso Cuaron
Director’s Statement

Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicio

Contessanally – Don’t miss this beautiful film of ordinary and extraordinary domestic life – wonderful Yalitza Aparicio who had no acting experience before this film - 8/10
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