A Fantastic Woman (15)

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A Fantastic Woman (15)

Chile/2017/104mins/15/subs Dir: Sebastian Lelio. With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes

Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Her partner, Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. When Orlando suffers a fatal aneurysm, Marina is suddenly treated with 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. An exquisitely compassionate portrait of the every day obstacles of transgender experience, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows up Gloria, with another luminous and deeply involving portrait of an isolated woman.

+ post-screening discussion with activist and writer Shon Faye on Weds 21 March 

"A Fantastic Woman affords Marina her own identity and perspective. It is her experience, rather than the way she appears to others, which defines everything from camera placement to music to the brief detours into fantasy...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."

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