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Roma trailer - the first look at Alfonso Cuarón's 'most essential' film is here

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The cryptic first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's eighth feature film Roma arrived on Netflix earlier today.

Based on the director's memories of growing up in 1970s Mexico City, the film centres around a middle-class family and their domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), all of whom must wrestle with several changes over the course of a year. Meanwhile tensions are on the rise between the country's government-backed militia and student protestors.  

It is the director's first film since Gravity (2013), which saw him take home the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as his first Spanish-language film since Y Tu Mamá También (2001). 

Described as his 'most essential' work, the film is a deeply personal project that has been in the works since his 1991 debut Sólo con Tu Pareja.

Roma received significant attention in 2017 when the Cannes Film Festival decided not to screen it because it was being distributed by a streaming service. Many filmmakers spoke out against this decision, including Cuarón.

Roma has its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, after which it will be available to stream worldwide on December 14th. Watch the mesmerising trailer below.




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