At our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented by Deadline, held November 7 at the DGA, new independent distributor A24 devoted part of its session to the critically acclaimed Oscar hopeful Rooma movie about a young woman and her 5-year-old son held captive for years in a 10 x 10 room. The film is deeply emotional, complex and has great performances from Brie Larson, 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and the contenders event sold outWilliam H. Macy.

Although the entire film opens up to other locations eventually, the first part of the film takes place exclusively in that room, and no real cinematic trickery was used to fake it. The filmmakers led by director Lenny Abrahamson were dedicated to making this as real as possible and had to meet challenges no other movie this year had to face. I sat down with them onstage to discuss the making of these scenes.

Click on the link above to see my conversation with Abrahamson, cinematographer Danny Cohen,  production designer Ethan Tobman, and editor Nathan Nugent.