Preview: A Fantastic Woman
+ Q&A with director Sebastián Lelio
Una mujer fantástica
A transwoman strives for a little respect in this invigorating Chilean drama from Sebastián Lelio (Gloria).
Dir Sebastián Lelio
With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye
When her lover Orlando dies suddenly one night, Marina (Daniela Vega) is left in a state of shock. But nothing can prepare her for what follows. Still raw with grief, the singer and waitress must navigate the horrors of recounting the night to Orlando’s family, whose responses to the fact that she’s a transwoman range from frosty to scabrous and even hostile. It seems love and cohabitation count for little and Marina must fight for her rights, her home and even custody of her dog, while the police only offer a new set of humiliations. Working with filmmaker-producers Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and Pablo Larraín (Jackie), Lelio proves himself a successor to Almodóvar as an explorer of female-centred, emotionally intelligent terrain, which also celebrates the tender and downright sexy relationship that Marina and Orlando shared. Marina, thanks to Vega’s absolute knockout performance, is a vision of resistance: making her defiant way through the aftermath, battling transphobia and getting shit done.
Kate Taylor, Programmer BFI London Film Festival
Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)