Cuaron gives Netflix a roaring first

Central Station | 10 Sep 2018

Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron's Roma won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, giving Netflix its first major festival victory to seal the online streaming firm's reputation as a big name in arthouse films.

Critics described the Spanish-language drama as "shimmering" due to its luscious black-and-white cinematography.

It was one of several films focusing almost exclusively on female characters, in this case Cuaron's mother and two maids.

Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy called it "an immersive bath in some of the most luxuriantly beautiful black-and-white images you've ever seen."

The win is important for Netflix as it seeks to position itself as a major force in film after boycotting the Cannes festival due to its rules that ban simultaneous streaming of films shown in cinemas.

The Favourite's Olivia Colman won the Volpi Cup for best actress for her uproarious portrayal of England's Queen Anne. Willem Dafoe was the best actor for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in the biopic At Eternity's Gate.

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