Netflix has unveiled details of a limited 70mm North American theatrical run for its Oscar season hopeful ROMA.
Alfonso Cuaron’s black and white Spanish-language drama, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will play in 70mm at The Egyptian in Los Angeles from January 10-11 and at the Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn from January 11-7.
It also plays in San Francisco at The Castro from January 2-5 and Alamo Drafthouse from January 12-14, Chicago at The Music Box from January 9-13, Hartford, Connecticut at Cinestudio from January 23-26, Austin, Texas, at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from December 26-January 1, and is screening at Toronto’s Bell TIFF Lightbox through December 20.
“We’re excited to make this cinematic experience possible as another part of the release of this special film,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “With our theatrical engagements in over 700 theaters worldwide and release on Netflix, ROMA is now available to millions of people all over the world.”
“ROMA is designed to be meaningful whether experienced at home or on the big screen but offering cinema lovers the opportunity to see it in theatres is incredibly important to me,” said Cuarón.
“The 70mm print of Roma shows unique details not available on any other version. Being shot in 65mm, these prints bring live detail and contrast only possible using a big format film. It is for sure the most organic way to experience ROMA.”
A so-called 70mm film is shot on 65mm negative in camera, but exhibited on 70mm print. The higher resolution format is twice the size of standard 35mm, with a widescreen aspect ratio.
Cuarón shot ROMA on the Alexa65 digital camera, mastering at 4K resolution. FotoKem, the only remaining 70mm print lab worldwide, handled the transfer from digital to film, as well as the production of 70mm film prints.
ROMA’s exclusive limited theatrical presentation began in the United States and Mexico on November 21, and has expanded into approximately 150 theatres in the United States and close to a further 600 internationally including London and Toronto.
The film premiered at Venice Film Festival winning the Golden Lion and was recently named Best Picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics, and earned three Golden Globe Award nominations.