- Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
- HOLLYWOOD, Calif.
Netflix has confirmed that Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will be released in over 100 theaters in the United States and more than 500 theaters internationally in over 40 countries, curated by Netflix by territory around the release of the film on the service on December 14.
The theatrical presentation of the film began in the United States and Mexico on November 21, already selling out theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London and Toronto, among others.
The passion and pride from viewers in Mexico created a reported “Roma fever,” leading to an increasing number of theaters reaching out to exhibit the film. Roma will be in nearly 100 theaters throughout the country this weekend.
This weekend the film will continue its expansion, hitting nearly 50 theaters in the U.S. and over 200 theaters internationally. The innovative roll-out allows consumers worldwide the opportunity to experience the film theatrically, both before and during the film’s global streaming release, where it will be available to over 130M people.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival where it took home the Golden Lion for best film and has played in nearly 70 film festivals to great acclaim worldwide. The film, a timely story about the human condition, has received numerous accolades, including recently being named Best Picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, a prestigious award from the American Film Institute and three Golden Globe Award nominations.
“We love this film and our goal is to bring this cinematic experience to audiences everywhere, and our theatrical plan, combined with the reach of our service, has made Roma an event film and cultural moment,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “Roma has played in festivals all over the world and we’re expanding our theatrical engagements, not only in major markets, but also in places like Honduras, South Africa, and Iceland.”
“Alfonso and everyone at Participant believe strongly in the theatrical experience,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “Choice and increased audience diversity around the world are also very important, and this incredible combination of the two worlds is something very exciting.”