MY NAME IS VIOLETA (ENGLISH VERSION)

ME LLAMO VIOLETA

By David FERNANDEZ DE CASTRO, Marc PARRAMON

POLAR STAR FILMS - as PROD

LGBT - Completed 2019

What are you, a boy or a girl?

Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2019
Culinary Zinema
Festival de Malaga 2019
Secciòn Especial Documental
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • LGBT, Social issues
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • David FERNANDEZ DE CASTRO, Marc PARRAMON
    • Producer(s)
    • Carles BRUGUERAS (POLAR STAR FILMS), Joan ÚBEDA (MEDIAPRODUCCION S.L.U)
    • Synopsis
    • Violeta leads a normal life in a well-off family, with loving parents, surrounded by everything the heart of an eleven-year-old girl might wish for. But she hasn’t always been the pretty girl she is today; she was born a boy. At age 6, she baffled her parents (the famous adult movie stars Nacho Vidal and Franceska Jaimes) when she told them she wanted to be called and dress as a girl. After the initial shock, they decided to give her all their support on the long and tough road that will lead to her becoming a woman someday. Violeta faces many challenges, medical (such as deciding whether or not to take hormone-blockers to stop the development of masculine features as soon as puberty kicks in) and legal (obtaining an ID card with her new name and gender). Later, she may consider getting a sex reassignment procedure, or the possibility of becoming a mother through adoption.

      Violeta and her parents are at the core of the film, which focuses on how the family deals with the situation. The challenges that lie ahead for Violeta in her transition to adulthood are embodied by other characters, older than her, who are going through them. Oftentimes, the process is far from easy; Leyre, a 20-year-old actress who is waiting to undergo sex reassignment, went homeless for a year after being rejected by her family. The film also tells the tragic story of Alan, a trans teen from a small industrial city near Barcelona who committed suicide when he no longer could stand being bullied in high school. His death not only shocked the city, it changed the lives of his parents, Esther and Xavi, who have become activists. And also the life of Iván, who, in the wake of the terrible news, realized he, too, was a transgender boy. United by misfortune, Esther, Xavi and Iván find in each other the strength to face their daily struggles and keep Alan's memory alive.

      In spite of stories like Alan’s, the social perception of transgender people in Spain has evolved in the last few decades towards a much more open and tolerant vision. The film reflects this change through two of the pioneering activists in the fight for trans rights: Silvia Reyes, who was imprisoned under Franco’s dictatorship; and former actress Carla Delgado, who went from activism to politics (today she is an MP in the Madrid Assembly), and who has contributed decisively to pass legislation to protect LGBTI rights.

      The directors of this moving documentary, shot with great sensitivity, interweave the stories of their characters to help normalize the phenomenon of transgender children. However, their intention collides with an unforeseen obstacle: the public prosecutor’s Children Protection Office, in its eagerness to protect Violeta, recommends that she should not be recognizable, that her face should not be seen. Stimulated by this paradox, the directors find an elegant and effective way out of the cul-de-sac that culminates in the film’s final scene.
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