Dir: Sebastián Lelio | Chile/Germany/Spain/US | 2017 | 104 mins | subtitles
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows up his acclaimed 2013 festival hit Gloria with another luminous and deeply involving portrait of an isolated woman, In A Fantastic Woman, he has created an exquisitely compassionate portrait of the everyday obstacles of transgender existence. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Her partner, Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. When he suffers a terrible accident, Marina comes under suspicion. By virtue of her gender identity she is treated like a criminal, with everyone from the doctors and Orlando’s family to the police seeing not a grieving woman, but an aberration.
“It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.” 5* The Guardian
Winner Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, Berlin Film Festival 2017
Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
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