ROMA
2018, Netflix, 135 min, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón

Roma is the Mexico City suburb where Alfonso Cuarón grew up, and this quietly powerful drama, set in the early 1970s, tempers nostalgia for his youth with the awareness of simmering political tensions. In a loving portrait inspired by the filmmaker’s nanny Libo, Cleo (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio, terrific here) works as a maid for Sofia, Antonio and their four children and must deal with both her employers’ marital problems and a personal crisis of her own to keep the household running. The Golden Lion winner at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, ROMA breathes with long takes and gorgeous B&W cinematography (by the director himself). “Cuarón has done more than break through walls of language, culture and class to craft the best movie of the year” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


PAN’S LABYRINTH
EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO
2006, Warner Bros., 118 min, Spain/Mexico/USA, Dir: Guillermo del Toro

In 1944, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) arrives at the home of her new stepfather, a brutal Spanish army captain (Sergi López). While skirmishes between Franco’s forces and republican rebels rage in the surrounding countryside, Ofelia is drawn to an ancient maze, where a mysterious creature assigns her three tasks. As dazzling as its Oscar-winning art direction, cinematography and makeup are, what makes this multilayered fairy tale one of the greatest films of the new millennium is the masterful way it pushes viewers’ emotional buttons, evoking wonder, fear and relief at all the right moments.


GRAVITY
2013, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón

In this critically acclaimed sci-fi drama, Sandra Bullock stars as Ryan Stone, who on her first mission is stranded in space when her shuttle is destroyed by debris. The collaboration of Cuarón, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and a team of talented artisans create cinema that will take your breath away even if your oxygen supply is unlimited. “In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, GRAVITY reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels.” – Richard Corliss, Time


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