CultureAlfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film Roma was so personal to the director that no one, not even his producer, Gabriela Rodríguez, was allowed to read the full script. “I had it because I registered it for copyright,” she tells Newsweek, “but he asked us not to read it, and I respected that.”The film, shot in luscious black-and-white, which has earned 10 Oscar nominations, becoming the first Netflix film to score a Best Picture nod. A win could be the third Oscar for Cuarón, who nabbed two for the 2013 film Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. But Roma’s Academy-nominated lead has no Hollywood clout: Yalitza Aparicio is a preschool teacher and a first-time actor of Mixtec heritage. Her character, Cleo, is based on Cuarón’s nanny from his childhood in Mexico, where indigenous people make up about 20 percent of the population. Cleo essentially raises a middle-class white family’s four children, who represent Cuarón and his siblings, while living a radically different life alongside them. She and her co-worker, Adela, who work from dawn until dark, sleep in a cramped room, forbidden to use electricity at night.Through Cleo, we see the social and economic injustice woven into Cuarón’s story. When she falls… Read full this story
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