Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Gets Screenings at Mexico's Presidential Residence

Alfonso Cuaron

The official residence has been converted into a cultural center after Mexico's new president said the complex had "bad vibes."

Mexico is offering public screenings of Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed memoir film Roma at what, up until last week, had still served as the nation's presidential home.

The luxurious estate, known as Los Pinos, underwent a historic transformation on Saturday after newly elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would not live in the longtime presidential residence because of its "bad vibes." After a cleansing ritual was performed, the building was reopened to the public as a cultural center, where twice-daily Roma showings are slated to unspool in a private screening room.

Leading Mexican cinema chains refuse to program Roma in Cuaron's native Mexico because they say the Netflix film is not abiding by the traditional 90-day window between theatrical and SVOD releases, as it is set to premiere on the streaming platform on Dec. 14. Top theater circuits in the U.S. have refused to screen the pic, as well.

Despite Roma's limited theatrical release, it is performing exceptionally well in Mexico and is now showing in a respectable 97 art house theaters throughout the country.

On Thursday, Cuaron's movie earned three Golden Globe nominations for best director, screenplay and foreign-language film. The pic failed to get a best picture mention due to HFPA rules stating that nominations are "exclusively for English-language motion pictures.”

Because Roma had a qualifying theatrical run stateside, it is eligible for Academy Award nominations in other categories, including best film and director.