A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica)


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 5:30 PM
Rafael 1 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva el Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:103 min.
Director:Sebastián Lelio
Producer:Juan de Dios Larraín
Pablo Larraín
Screenwriter:Sebastián Lelio
Gonzalo Maza
Cinematographer:Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor:Soledad Salfate
Cast:Daniela Vega
Francisco Reyes
Luis Gnecco
Aline Kuppenheim
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Peter Stein


When we first meet Marina—the complex, tender, and determined title character in this masterful new drama by Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, MVFF 2013)—she is working as a waitress, pursuing singing on the side, and deeply in love with an older man who loves her in return. All in all, she is entering a confident phase of her life as a mature, well-adjusted transgender woman. But when her paramour dies unexpectedly, Marina must suddenly face a humiliating swirl of suspicion and rejection not only by the man’s family but by a society intent on taking away her dignity and challenging her very right to grieve. Featuring an extraordinary performance by transgender actor Daniela Vega, A Fantastic Woman dramatizes, in pitch-perfect and often darkly comic scenes, the slow, toxic burn of social ostracism and the resilience and rage required to overcome it. No less important, like last year’s Moonlight, it is a cinematic breakthrough, staking out new dramatic terrain for the portrayal of fully dimensional queer lives.

Additional Information

Sebastián Lelio is a Chilean film director and screenwriter. His first feature film, La Sagrada Familia (2006), premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival and received several awards and worldwide recognition. Navidad (2009) was written with the support of the Cannes Film Festival Residence and premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section. El Ano Del Tigre was presented at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival. Lelio’s fourth feature film, the internationally acclaimed Gloria, won a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and represented Chile for the Academy Awards and Goya Awards. The National Board of Review chose it as one of the year’s five best films, and it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film. A Fantastic Woman was supported by Berlinale’s Residency. Lelio is currently filming his first English-language feature film, Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.