Roma (2004 film)

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Directed byAdolfo Aristarain
Produced byJosé Antonio Félez
Screenplay byMario Camus
Kathy Saavedra
Story byAdolfo Aristarain
StarringJuan Diego Botto
Susú Pecoraro
José Sacristán
CinematographyJosé Luis Alcaine
Edited byFernando Pardo
Release date
  • 15 April 2004 (2004-04-15) (Argentina)
  • 18 September 2004 (2004-09-18) (Spain)
Running time
155 minutes

Roma is a 2004 Argentine-Spanish drama film directed by Adolfo Aristarain and starring Juan Diego Botto, Susú Pecoraro and José Sacristán.[1] It won the Silver Condor for Best Film.


Young journalist Manuel Cueto (Juan Diego Botto) is sent by his publisher boss to help solitary novelist Joaquín Góñez (José Sacristán) finish his long-overdue last book. Brought out of his loneliness by the young man, Joaquín reminisces about his youth and experiences in Buenos Aires, as well as his intense relationship with his mother Roma.


Critical reception[edit]

Jonathan Holland, film critic for Variety magazine and reporting from the San Sebastián International Film Festival, liked the film and wrote, "Argentine helmer Adolfo Aristarain turns a compassionate eye toward his own spiritual and political education in the rangy, quietly affecting and rewardingly intense Roma, his most achieved work to date. Lengthy, but not over-long, rites-of-passage yarn takes one young man's life as the focal point for the struggles which tore Argentina apart in the late '60s and '70s, as well as being an homage to the dangerous pleasures of self-discovery. Film garnered positive reactions at home on its spring release and has the emotional coherence to strike universal chords offshore."[2]


The film premiered in Argentina on April 15, 2004. Later in the year it was presented at the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 19, 2004. In Spain it opened wide on October 1, 2004.

The picture screened at various film festivals, including: the Seattle International Film Festival, United States; the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil; the Toulouse Cinespaña Film Festival, France; and others.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Susú Pecoraro Won
Best Director Adolfo Aristarain Won
Best Film Won
Best Art Direction Jorge Ferrari Nominated
Best Cinematography José Luis Alcaine Nominated
Best Costume Design Valetina Bari, Kathy Saavedra Nominated
Best Editing Fernanado Pardo Nominated
Best New Actress Marcela Kloosterboer Nominated
Best Screenplay Adolfo Aristarain, Kathy Saavedra Nominated
Best Sound Daniel Goldstein Nominated
Clarin Entertainment Awards Best Actress Susú Pecoraro Won
Goya Awards Best Cinematography José Luis Alcaine Nominated
Best Director Adolfo Aristarain Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Kathy Saavedra Nominated
Havana Film Festival Audience Award Adolfo Aristarain Won
Best Actress Susú Pecoraro Won
Best Screenplay Kathy Saavedra Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival Golden Seashell Adolfo Aristarain Nominated
Toulouse Cinespaña Best Actress Susú Pecoraro Won
Best Screenplay Kathy Saavedra Won
Violette d'Or Adolfo Aristarain Won


  1. ^ Roma on IMDb.
  2. ^ Holland, Jonathan. Variety, film review, July 15, 2004. Last accessed: February 17, 2008.

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