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Barry Jenkins ‏Praises ‘Roma’ as ‘F*cking Glorious,’ Says Alfonso Cuarón Is ‘Operating at Peak Performance Level’

After dominating buzz at Venice and Telluride, Alfonso Cuarón's new movie continues to earn overwhelming reactions at TIFF.

Barry Jenkins and Alfonso Cuarón

Barry Jenkins and Alfonso Cuarón

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Following its Golden Lion victory at the Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” traveled to the Toronto International Film Festival and earned even more overwhelming reactions. Barry Jenkins attended the “Roma” TIFF premiere following the debut screenings of his own drama, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” just days earlier. While the “Moonlight” Oscar winner has stayed off social media since premiering “Beale Street,” he couldn’t help but send out praise to Cuarón.

“‘Roma’ is fucking glorious,” Jenkins wrote to his followers. “So wonderful to see an artist operating at peak performance level on such a personal, vigorous piece. The aesthetic is both personal and political here. The aesthetic is wielded to a wonderfully emotive, devastating effect.”

“Roma” is one of the only dramas playing all four of the major fall film festivals: Venice, Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF. The movie earned glowing reviews at its Venice world premiere, where IndieWire’s Eric Kohn gave the film a perfect “A” review. More positive buzz greeted “Roma” at Telluride, and the positive reactions soared yet again following its TIFF screening. Jenkins’ praise was echoed in reactions from film writers also in attendance.

Cuarón’s “Roma” is his first release since winning the best director Oscar for “Gravity.” The black-and-white, Spanish-language drama centers around a year in the life of a domestic worker (the breakout Yalitza Aparicio) and the middle-class family she serves in Mexico City. Netflix is expected to release the drama in theaters this December.

“Roma” next screens at NYFF as the centerpiece selection. Read some of the TIFF buzz below.

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