Preview, Alfonso Cuaron’s passion project “Roma” will be Netflix’s shot at an Oscar

One of my gripes in recent years has been how the major studios have shied away from working with established directors. They’ve treated people of talent and accomplishment as dispensable, an expense they don’t need.

Filmmakers find their ability to get a movie made circumscribed in their late 40s and early 50s.

That’s not the case with Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón. But suppose a filmmaker with his bonafides wants to make something personal, its limited box office potential not justified by her or his passion?

Netflix has another niche it can fill, one among the many corners of the marketplace they’re angling to control (teen films, senior citizen comedies or dramas, etc).

“Roma” is such a film for Cuarón, set in the Mexico City of his youth — the early 1970s. No name cast, esoteric setting, time period and story.

This lyrical trailer advertises a film festival favorite slated for Oct. release.

Like “Beasts of No Nation” and “First They Killed My Father,” “Roma” will have just enough of a theatrical release to qualify for the Academy Awards, and then make its way quickly to Netflix as nominations come out.

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