Alfonso Cuarón is no stranger to winning awards — and he has just added another to his collection.
After years of making films in English, the Mexican filmmaker decided to go back to his Spanish roots with his latest film, Roma.
Shot in black and white, the movie follows two domestic workers who take care of a small family in the neighborhood of Roma and is based on the 56-year-old’s memories from growing up in the ‘70s.
Roma has now been named as the winner of the Golden Lion at the 75th annual Venice Film Festival, beating 21 other entries for the top prize.
“This award and this festival are incredibly important to me,” said Alfonso who thanked producer, David Linde, and Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber of Netflix.
In a statement, Linde said, “This film is a gift to all audiences, transcending language and cultural barriers, and inspiring compassion across the globe.”
The festival’s other winners included Broadchurch actress, Olivia Colman, scooping up the Best Actress Award for her role in The Favourite which also claimed the Grand Jury Prize, while Murder on the Orient Express star, Willem Dafoe, took home Best Actor for portraying Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate.