By Creative Media TimesOscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama “Roma” was the big winner on Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, winning the Golden Lion for best film, the highest prize given to a film at the prestigious festival.
This is Netflix’s first win at a major film festival, establishing the streaming giant as a strong force in arthouse film distribution.
The award was given to Guillermo del Toro, who last year won the Golden Lion for The Shape of Water, which went on to sweep the oscars including best picture and best director for del Toro.
Similarly, Roma’s win gives a strong start for the film’s oscar campaign. The film has been getting plenty of acclaim, with Hollywood Reporter describing it “an immersive bath in some of the most luxuriantly beautiful black-and-white images you’ve ever seen.”
The much buzzed-about family drama was written, co-edited, co-photographed, co-produced Alfonso Cuarón and stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marco Graf, Marina de Tavira, Enoc Leaño, Daniela Demesa and Daniel Valtierra.
Said to be Cuaron’s most personal film yet, “Roma” is filmed in black-and-white which perfectly complement’s the film’s ’70s setting. It is his first film since the sci-fi epic “Gravity.”
Roma’s festival play at Venice Film Fest is also its world premiere. This will be followed by screenings at Toronto International Film Festival before it debuts on Netflix on December 14, though no theatrical release date has been confirmed.