The exquisite tale of a transgender woman mourning her lost lover from red-hot Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, SFF 2013). Winner of the Screenwriting Award at Berlin.
A Fantastic Woman is, to put it simply, a fantastic film. It is compassionate portrait of the day-to-day challenges of transgender life, but cast aside any expectations of a tragic outsider wallowing in victimhood. Santiago bar singer Marina Vidal, played by sensational trans actress Daniela Vega in her screen debut, is headstrong, vivacious, confident and beautiful. After her much older lover, Orlando (Francisco Reyes), dies suddenly, Marina wants to grieve just as anyone would. When met with suspicion and prejudice by authorities and Orlando's family, Marina boldly steps forward to expose the banality of intolerance and prove that she is, indeed, a fantastic woman.
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, Berlin Film Festival; Teddy Award for Best LGBT-themed Film, Berlin Film Festival
Director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work. – Guy Lodge, Variety
Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision. – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Chile, USA, Germany, Spain
Spanish with English subtitles
Una Mujer Fantástica
Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Aline Küppenheim, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Latin America, Features, Gender & Sexuality, Women, Queer Interest
Distributor: Sony Pictures