‘Roma’ to screen in Mem­phis after all

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - John Bei­fuss Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

“Roma” — a cer­tain nom­i­nee for this year’s Best Pic­ture Os­car and other ma­jor Academy Awards — will re­ceive a Mem­phis the­atri­cal screen­ing, after all.

The ac­claimed film from di­rec­tor Al­fonso Cuarón (”Grav­ity,” “Chil­dren of Men”) will screen at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Paradiso in an event or­ga­nized by In­die Mem­phis.

Praised for its panoramic, teem­ing recre­ations of life in Mex­ico in the 1970s, “Roma” is best ap­pre­ci­ated on as large a screen as pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to many film crit­ics. De­spite this rec­om­men­da­tion and the movie’s al­most uni­ver­sal ac­claim, “Roma” re­ceived only lim­ited the­atri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion be­fore it was made avail­able for stream­ing Dec. 14 on Net­flix, which had bought the rights to the film.

Malco The­atres Inc. was among the cin­ema chains that de­cided not to book “Roma” on the the­ory that the Net­flix watch-movies-at-home busi­ness model is a dis­cour­age­ment to the tra­di­tional movie-go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Nev­er­the­less, so many Mem­phi­ans ex­pressed in­ter­est in see­ing “Roma” on the big screen that Malco agreed to book the film through Net­flix on a one-night ba­sis, with ticket pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit In­die Mem­phis.

In­spired by Cuarón’s child­hood mem­o­ries, “Roma” stars Yal­itza Apari­cio as a live-in maid em­ployed by a bois­ter­ous fam­ily in the Roma neigh­bor­hood of Mex­ico City; the fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences oc­cur against a back­drop of cul­tural up­heaval and po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence, all beau­ti­fully staged and cap­tured by Cuarón’s black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy. The film was named the best of the year by the Los An­ge­les and New York crit­ics groups, and this week it won Golden Globe awards for Best Di­rec­tor and Best For­eign Lan­guage Film.

Tick­ets are now on sale. (Al­though the film will be shown in one of the Paradiso’s 300-plus seat au­di­to­ri­ums, the event is ex­pected to sell out fast.) Prices are $12 (adult), $9 (child) and $9.50 (se­nior), and the tick­ets are avail­able via in­diemem­phis.com.


You wanted it, you got it: “Roma” will screen in Mem­phis after all, on Jan. 29 at the Paradiso.

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