The Epic Trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Roma' Already Looks Oscar-Worthy

Although the trailer is thin on dialogue, it evokes themes of poverty, class, and race.

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Nov 13 2018, 10:00pm

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

Alfonso Cuarón’s has one of the most nonlinear directorial paths of anyone I know. I mean that in the corniest, most literal sense: He made a film set in space (Gravity) and a film set in the imaginary (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

This time around, Alfonso Cuarón’s bringing it back to the ground by returning to the Mexico city of his youth. Roma zeroes in on two domestic workers of Mixteco heritage, Adela (Nancy Garcia) and Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), who take the time to look after a family of four children in a middle-class neighborhood in Roma. While the trailer is thin on dialogue, there’s beauty in the black-and-white-approach that evokes the themes that the film explores of poverty, class, and race.

Watch the trailer above, and keep an eye out for the film's eventual release in limited theaters starting November 21. It will be playing in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, along with additional engagements in the US, Toronto, and London on November 29. The film's worldwide release is hitting Netflix on December 14 with expanded theatrical releases in North America.

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