Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 8 8:30 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 9 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
¡Viva el Cine!
Running Time:102 min.
Director:Pablo Larraín
Producer:Rocío Jadue
Mariane Hartard
Juan de Dios Larraín
Screenwriter:Pablo Larraín
Guillermo Calderón
Alejandro Moreno
Cinematographer:Sergio Armstrong
Editor:Sebastián Sepúlveda
Cast:Mariana Di Girolamo
Gael García Bernal
Paola Giannini
Santiago Cabrera
Catalina Saavedra
Print Source:The Match Factory
Note Writer:João Federici


Premiering in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Pablo Larraín’s latest provocation Ema is a modern-day melodrama surrounding a crisis of understanding in how we define family in today’s shifting world. Expressed mostly through exhilarating contemporary reggaetón dance and based on the lives of real-life street dancers, the story oscillates around an unraveling couple dealing with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry. Gael García Bernal (MVFF Award 2016) plays the choreographer of a volatile dance company while Mariana Di Girolamo makes a stunning screen debut as his wife, a schoolteacher by day and a wildly self-possessed dancer by night. Exquisite, full-bodied turns from Bernal and Di Girolamo, stunning imagery, and an evocative score from Nicolas Jaar richly adorn Larraín’s tale of grief, art, family, and redemption. Larraín (Neruda, MVFF 2016; Jackie) was the recipient of the Variety International Director of the Year at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival.