A FANTASTIC WOMAN

UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA

By Sebastián LELIO

TRANSILVANIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

Drama - Completed 2017

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society to defend her identity as a complex, strong, forthright, fantastic woman.

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2017
Competition Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
Toronto - TIFF 2017
Special Presentations
San Sebastian FF 2017
Horizontes Latinos
Busan IFF 2017
World Cinema
Stockholm IFF 2017
Open Zone
AFI FEST 2017
World Cinema
Ventana Sur 2017
Latam Screenings
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastián LELIO
    • EIDR 10.5240/4F3B-F688-9411-9C47-9BDB-S
    • Producer(s)
    • Juan de dios LARRAÍN (FABULA), Janine JACKOWSKI (KOMPLIZEN FILM GMBH)
    • Synopsis
    • Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows his 2013 Festival hit Gloria with this drama about a young transgender woman struggling with both her own grief and societal prejudice after the death of her middle-aged lover.

      From Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, whose Gloria provided an indelible portrait of a woman adrift, comes this incisive character study of a different nature. Marina (Daniela Vega), the transgender heroine of A Fantastic Woman, is beautiful, enigmatic, and plunged into a precarious situation after her boyfriend dies unexpectedly in her company.

      Fifty-seven-year-old divorcé Orlando (Francisco Reyes) wakes in the middle of the night, suffers an aneurism, and falls down some stairs, sustaining injuries that will come to haunt Marina after she takes him to the hospital and attempts to slip away before authorities and family members begin prying. Marina knows she's regarded with suspicion for her youth, class, and, above all, gender status. She expects to gain little from Orlando's demise, but the viciousness of Orlando's son, the cold-heartedness of Orlando's ex-wife, and the intrusiveness of a detective from the Sexual Offenses Investigation Unit force Marina to not only clear her name, but also to demand the very thing no one seems willing to give her: respect.

      Making subtle nods toward Almodóvar and Fassbinder, Lelio — whose English-language film Disobedience also appears at this year's Festival — suffuses his scenes with an air of subversive noir, emphasizing Marina's quest to prove she is not the femme fatale her adversaries make her out to be. A Fantastic Woman is an alluring exercise in style, a smart spin on the genre, and a much-needed entry into the category of films that move trans characters from the margins to the spotlight.
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