A Fantastic Woman

Screening on 07/09/2018

Chile 2017
Dir: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francesco Reyes, Nicolás Saavedra
Cert 15
104 mins

The demonisation of a transgender woman and her spirited determination to fight back and prove her worth are at the centre of this compassionate and engaging Chilean feature, winner of the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Marina, a young trans waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older businessman Orlando. When Orlando suddenly dies of an aneurysm Marina’s previously happy life is turned violently upside down. Treated as a pariah by Orlando’s family and as a criminal by doctors and the police, Marina finds herself with a fight on her hands at a time when she only wants to be allowed to grieve. A genuinely uplifting film with great visual style and intriguing soundtrack, with, at its core, a truly spellbinding performance by Daniela Vega.

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