MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Whoops and applause echoed through Mexico City’s Roma district when the eponymous film by Alfonso Cuaron picked up two early Oscars on Sunday, locals returning the love shown in the black-and-white ode to the director’s childhood home.
In something of a payback for Cuaron’s moving tribute to a childhood growing up in 1970s Roma, city officials set up giant screens in a park.
Cheers went up in the park when “Roma” won the best foreign language Oscar – a first for Mexico – and director Cuaron won best cinematographer.
[nL1N20I0CE]It also captured scenes of Roma as a well-heeled district in a city bursting with modernity, with shiny new cars and sparkling hospitals, set against a backdrop of turbulent politics that included a brutal crackdown on a student protest.
Both “Roma” the movie and the neighborhood carried echoes of the city’s past and evolution, said Carlos Solar, a shopkeeper, standing beside a placard in the photo exhibit about Yalitza Aparicio, the actress who plays Cleo.
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