Sound the alarms. Get excited. Blank out your calendars. 

Roma is getting a short theatrical run in Australia. 

Yep. For a moment there, it looked like we all would have to swarm to Adelaide for the screening at the Adelaide Film Festival (which is a festival you should still swarm to as it’s got some truly killer films screening there), but thanks to the 2018 CineLatino Film Festival, Alfonso Cuarón’s follow up to his Oscar juggernaut Gravity, will get a screening in the way the filmmaker intends – in a cinema. 

Roma is Cuarón’s ode to cinema and his home country. Filmed in black and white, and made for the realm of cinema, this film was picked up earlier in the year by Netflix – a fate which terrifies those cinema going faithfuls who are still shaking their fists at the lack of cinema outings for AnnihilationHold the Dark, or Beasts of No Nation. 

But, Roma isn’t the only film you should seek out at this years festival, what with the new film from Embrace of the Serpent director hitting the festival (a ‘visually exquisite’ Birds of Passage), the winner of the Sydney Film Festival, The Heiresses, and the smash hit comedy An Unexpected Love

So, a lineup of great films at another great festival. 

The dates are as follows:

Sydney – 13 Nov – 28 Nov
Canberra – 14 Nov – 28 Nov
Melbourne – 15 Nov – 28 Nov
Brisbane – 21 Nov – 2 Dec
Perth – 6 Dec – 16 Dec

Look – there’s festivals running throughout the year in Australia that you may not always be aware of. We may not cover every single one here, but it’s well worth signing up to your local independent cinemas newsletter to be aware of what film festivals are coming your way. Great cinema comes from all over the world. Embrace it. 

Meanwhile, head over to the CineLatino Film Festival website and sign up for their newsletter.