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'Roma' to get limited 70mm theatrical run

Netflix has announced the details of a planned limited 70mm theatrical run of Oscar favourite Roma.

Roma, a 2018 drama written, directed and produced by Alfonso Cuarón, is set in the early 1970s and is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City. The film follows the life of a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family. 

Cuarón, who shot Roma on a Alexa65 digital camera before mastering at 4K resolution, will be given a special 70mm theatrical run in the build up to what is expected to be an exciting evening at the Academy.

“We’re excited to make this cinematic experience possible as another part of the release of this special film,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “With our theatrical engagements in over 700 theaters worldwide and release on Netflix, ROMA is now available to millions of people all over the world.”

ROMA is designed to be meaningful whether experienced at home or on the big screen but offering cinema lovers the opportunity to see it in theatres is incredibly important to me,” Cuarón added.

“The 70mm print of Roma shows unique details not available on any other version. Being shot in 65mm, these prints bring live detail and contrast only possible using a big format film. It is for sure the most organic way to experience ROMA.”

The theatrical run begins in the United States and Mexico and is expanding into 600 international cinemas which will include London and Toronto.