'Roma' at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

14 Oct 2018

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'Roma' at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

The Journey Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival is Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white snapshot of 70's Mexico, exploring female domesticity and themes of family against the burgeoning politic movement of the time.

Our reporter Eden spoke with Cuaron and actress Marina de Tavira about how memory informed both of their experiences whilst working on the film, and why it's important to trust your instincts in the filmmaking process. Watch the interview with Cuaron above, and with de Tavira below.

Roma is released in cinemas on 14 December 2018.

For inspiration on how to use world cinema in the classroom, explore our Beyond Hollywood film list below.

Eden reviews Roma

Roma is Alfonso Cuaron's, semi-autobiographical, black and white, Spanish language masterpiece. From first glance it seems as though this film will all be about the world-building: you will feel as though you are in 1970s Mexico. And this is true, it does have a very escapist nature. However what I was not expecting was the intensely emotional heart of the film. 

Although it is slow at times Roma is extremely gripping, even though it often shows the mundainity of real life. The movie is incredibly beautiful and dripping with symbolism whilst still being able to show one of the most honest depictions of raw human emotion. You are able to relate and empathise with the struggle of characters living in different decade, and speaking a foreign language which is a testament to the mostly unknown actors. 

I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting a more intellectual viewing experience.

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