Sunday, October 21

Special Events ArchiveIFFBoston Fall Focus 2018

IFFBoston Fall Focus: Roma

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Fall Focus 2018 Centerpiece Film

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

In Spanish & Mixteco w/English subtitles

With films such as Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN, CHILDREN OF MEN, and GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuarón has demonstrated an uncanny ability to reflect on the human condition while offering boldly entertaining cinematic experiences. Shot on 65mm in black and white, the semi-autobiographical ROMA is Cuarón’s most personal film to date, an immersive, technically masterful, compassionate work that, though set in the 1970s, speaks directly to contemporary Mexican society.

Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) works as a live-in maid and nanny for an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City’s Roma district. When the family patriarch departs for an unusually protracted business trip, his wife Sofia (Marina de Tavira) is left at home. Inhabiting a role somewhere between family member and employee, Cleo helps Sofia and the kids through a period of difficulty, just as she is dumped by her self-absorbed boyfriend when he discovers she is pregnant.

As both women face the possibility of single motherhood, it’s obvious that their disparate levels of social status will differently impact their possible futures. ROMA subtly explores these ethnic and class divisions with a potent sense of emotional intimacy and historical acuteness.

Meticulously recreating the past—including the Corpus Christi massacre of 1971—ROMA not only recalls the personal memories of the filmmaker’s youth but also the sources that have informed his uniquely spectacular brand of storytelling. Paying homage to the resilient women that helped shape the man he would become, Cuarón reminds us of the magic of cinema as both a mirror on our past and a window to a larger world.

—Diana Sanchez, Toronto International Film Festival

135 min.

Directed by:
Alfonso Cuarón

Yalitza Aparicio
Marina de Tavira