Films

A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman, "Una Mujer Fantástica"

Synopsis

Director

Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando (Francisco Reyes) are in love. Despite a twenty-year age gap, they plan to spend their life together. He left his wife and family for her. But after a birthday celebration in which he promises to take her on a trip to Iguacu Falls, Orlando is taken gravely ill. He dies in hospital. And Marina finds that, as a transgender woman, everything is called into question – their relationship, her role in his death, her right to grieve for the man she loved. Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.
Benjamín Echazarreta’s cinematography makes expressive use of reflections – there is a beautifully composed shot of Marina’s anguished eyes staring through a window which also reflects Orlando in the emergency room. The picture is tied together by an orchestral score by Matthew Herbert, who has crafted a fluttering heartbeat of a flute motif which is achingly lovely. And Marina’s own singing bookends the film, giving the picture its transcendent final scene.

Wendy Ide

Sebastián Lelio

(b. 1974, Chile) is one of Latin America’s most talented directors. His films are screened to acclaim at international festivals. He graduated from Escuela de Cine de Chile film school. His feature film debut „The Sacred Family“ screened in 2006 at the San Sebastián IFF, followed in 2009 by „Christmas“, shown in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His third feature, „The Year of the Tiger“ competed at the 2011 Locarno IFF. His next feature „Gloria“ (2013) was competed at Berlinale and won three awards (including Best Actress Silver Bear) and it was shown also at PÖFF. „The Fantastic Woman“ is his fifth feature.

Filmography

  • La sagrada familia (The sacred family, 2005)
  • Navidad (Christmas, 2009)
  • El año del tigre (The Year of the Tiger, 2011)
  • Gloria (PÖFF 2013)
  • Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman, 2017)
  • Disobedience (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
18:15 - 19:58
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 010102
Sold out
19.11.2017
21:00 - 22:43
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 030801
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22.11.2017
18:30 - 20:13
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 061003
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Chile
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 minutes
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Writers: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
DOP: Benjamín Echazarreta
Montage: Soledad Salfate
Composer: Matthew Herbert
Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Nicolas Saavedra
Productions: Fabula, Participant Media, Komplizen Film
Festivals: Berlinale (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury), Sydney, Toronto, San Sebastian (Best Latin American Film), Vancouver, London, Busan

Synopsis

Director

Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando (Francisco Reyes) are in love. Despite a twenty-year age gap, they plan to spend their life together. He left his wife and family for her. But after a birthday celebration in which he promises to take her on a trip to Iguacu Falls, Orlando is taken gravely ill. He dies in hospital. And Marina finds that, as a transgender woman, everything is called into question – their relationship, her role in his death, her right to grieve for the man she loved. Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.
Benjamín Echazarreta’s cinematography makes expressive use of reflections – there is a beautifully composed shot of Marina’s anguished eyes staring through a window which also reflects Orlando in the emergency room. The picture is tied together by an orchestral score by Matthew Herbert, who has crafted a fluttering heartbeat of a flute motif which is achingly lovely. And Marina’s own singing bookends the film, giving the picture its transcendent final scene.

Wendy Ide

Sebastián Lelio

(b. 1974, Chile) is one of Latin America’s most talented directors. His films are screened to acclaim at international festivals. He graduated from Escuela de Cine de Chile film school. His feature film debut „The Sacred Family“ screened in 2006 at the San Sebastián IFF, followed in 2009 by „Christmas“, shown in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His third feature, „The Year of the Tiger“ competed at the 2011 Locarno IFF. His next feature „Gloria“ (2013) was competed at Berlinale and won three awards (including Best Actress Silver Bear) and it was shown also at PÖFF. „The Fantastic Woman“ is his fifth feature.

Filmography

  • La sagrada familia (The sacred family, 2005)
  • Navidad (Christmas, 2009)
  • El año del tigre (The Year of the Tiger, 2011)
  • Gloria (PÖFF 2013)
  • Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman, 2017)
  • Disobedience (2017)