Netflix will premiere Alfonso Cuarón’s secretive large format film Roma at the Venice Film Festival, according to Variety. Cuaron’s black-and-white Spanish-language film will be included in all four of the major fall film festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto and was selected as a centerpiece for screening at the 2018 New York Film Festival. Netflix didn’t send any of its work to Cannes because of its ban on screening non-theatrical releases in competition.
“There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals,” Cuaron wrote to Twitter, accompanied by a sad teaser clip of water running down a shower drain. The film is the first king his first Cuarón, who won the best director Oscar in 2014 for his film Gravity, made in Mexico in 15 years.
Set in Mexico City in the early 1970s, Roma centers around a middle class family held together by Cleo, played by Yalitza Aparicio, a domestic worker who, along with 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,” according to the official synopsis.
More than 20 movies will compete for the Golden Lion Award in Venice at the world’s oldest film festival. The announcement, which included Netflix originals like Joel and Ethan Coen’s western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Greengrass’ 22 July, and the restoration and completion of Orson Welles’ unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind – was made by Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera. Welles’ film will screen as a special event, accompanied by They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Morgan Neville’s documentary about the project.
The Venice festival previously announced Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” will also premiere at the festival and Damien Chazelle’s First Man” will make its world premiere as the opening-night film. The festival will also include Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria, Olivier Assayas’ Double Vies, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo , Laszlo Nemes’s Sunset, and Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate, which stars Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Isaac as Paul Gaugin.
The 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival kicks off in late August.