A Fantastic Woman
Directed by: Sebastian Lelio
2017 | Chile | 104 minutes
Friday, August 17, 2018, 7pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 7pm
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.
Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion.
So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.
"A Fantastic Woman becomes a delicate, moving study of grief, of quiet triumph over adversity, of adjusting to life's empty spaces - and learning to fill them with love." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The title of Sebastián Lelio's new film might seem a bit on the nose. It's a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2018