Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has unquestionably been the hit of the critics’ awards circuit this season, far outpointing its closest competitors as it makes a bid to become the first foreign-language movie ever to win a Best Picture Oscar (it just scored a PGA Award nomination this morning). This is heady stuff for such a personal film, and when I recently interviewed Cuarón for the latest episode of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens, I discovered just what went into making this black-and-white, subtitled Spanish-language film such a success this season.
For this edition, we took Behind the Lens on location to Raleigh Studios, where Netflix had created a Roma installation for a one-day event to show off the various arts and crafts of the movie, with actual props and furniture that came from Cuarón’s own childhood home in Mexico City’s Roma district circa 1971. What wasn’t actually from his own life was meticulously re-created for the film and this unique exhibition.
In our discussion, the Oscar-winning director talks about how he moved from his blockbuster Gravity into a wildly different kind of film, a project so close to his heart. He talks about the film’s themes, casting lookalikes of those he grew up with as well as non-pros, keeping the script top secret even from his crew and actors, filling in the most minute of details for authenticity, becoming his own cinematographer, and the unique process of making a movie like no other this year.
Click on the video above to watch out conversation. For more Behind the Lens episodes, click here.