When Alfonso Cuarón sat down with IndieWire earlier this year to discuss “Roma,” he referred to the Spanish-language drama as the most “essential” movie he’s ever made. “Roma” is based on the director’s own memories of growing up in Mexico City in the 1960s and ’70s and found the director coming back to his home country to make a movie for the first time since “Y Tu Mamá También.”
“Roma” is set in Mexico City in the early 1970’s. The story centers around a middle-class family held together by a domestic worker (Yalitza Aparicio) over the course of a life-changing year. The worker, Cleo, and the family’s matriarch, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), wrestle with changes in the family home while Mexico braces for a confrontation between the government-backed militia and student demonstrators.
Netflix will launch “Roma” in theaters and globally later this year. The movie is world premiering in competition in Venice and will also play Toronto and NYFF. Watch the stunning trailer below.