Alfonso Cuaron on Mother Figures in Life and in ROMA – Sarah Knight Adamson Interviews

In capturing the monotonous tasks carried out daily by his beloved housekeeper/caregiver, Alfonso Cuaron invites us to witness quiet colorless moments that seen in Roma to shine as brightly as a rainbow. Roma, is nothing short of an artful masterpiece.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 25, 2019: ROMA

motw logo 1-35Winner of the AWFJ’s 2018 EDA awards for Best Film and Best Non-English Language Film (as well as Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing), Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” is a lushly filmed, beautifully specific slice-of-life drama that presents its central female characters with love and compassion. The story centers on Cleo (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio), the cook/maid/nanny to an upper middle class family living in Mexico City’s Roma district in the early 1970s.

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2018 AWFJ EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2018 EDA Awards nominees and winners genuinely reflect the movie industry’s recent advances in the cause of equality and diversity. Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best films and artists, regardless of gender, but we also recognize the need to have categories that focus specifically on women’s achievements in an industry that still has a long way to go to reach gender parity and equal opportunity for all.

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2018 EDA Award Winners

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 12th annual awards season, we present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS AND EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 84 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2018 EDA Award winners are:

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ROMA – Review by Brandy McDonnell

“Roma” features some of the most beautiful, bizarre, heartbreaking and terrifying moments in recent cinematic memory, and every indelible scene manages to sneak up and later haunt you because of the deceptively, elegantly simple storytelling. Directed, written, produced, shot and edited by two-time Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), the semi-autobiographical film is set in 1970s Mexico.

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AWFJ EDA AWARDS 2018 Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

The Favourite dominates with 11 EDA Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (two of them!), Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography and Best Editing among them. Also high on AWFJ’s list of favorites are Leave No Trace, Roma and Vice, with each garnering eight nominations. Blackkklansman, Black Panther and If Beale Street Could Talk are next in the cue, tied at five nominations each. But, who’s tagged for the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent Award and Bravest Performance Award?

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ROMA – Review by Diane Carson

Director Alfonso Cuarón has an impressive filmography, including Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, and Gravity, all masterfully executed. However, Cuarón’s autobiographical new work Roma is his masterpiece for its authoritative presentation of his upper-middle class Mexican upbringing and, especially, his enduring affection for his nanny Libo, called Cleo in the film, from whose perspective his family’s life unfolds.

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