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Al­fonso Cuaron’s fam­ily drama “Roma” has been se­lected by Mex­ico as the coun­try’s for­eign-lan­guage sub­mis­sion for the 91st Acad­emy Awards.

“Roma” is pro­duced by Esperanto Fil­moj and Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia. Net­flix will de­but “Roma” on its stream­ing ser­vice and dis­trib­ute it the­atri­cally world­wide on Dec 14. Cuaron’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cally in­spired film – shot in black and white – is set in Mex­ico City and cov­ers a year in the early ‘70s as a mid­dle-class fam­ily is qui­etly and unas­sum­ingly cared for by its beloved, live-in nanny and house­keeper (por­trayed by Yal­itza Apari­cio).

“Roma” is also con­sid­ered a strong con­tender for a best pic­ture nom­i­na­tion. In the past 20 years, for­eign-lan­guage films “Life Is Beau­ti­ful”, “Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon”, “Let­ters From Iwo Jima”, “Ba­bel” and “Amour” have been nom­i­nated for best pic­ture. Five other for­eign-lan­guage ti­tles – “Grand Il­lu­sion”, “Z”, “The Em­i­grants”, “Cries and Whis­pers” and “The Post­man” – have re­ceived Best Pic­ture nods.(RTRS)

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