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A Fantastic Woman

Asian Premiere
Director
세바스티안 렐리오/Sebastian LELIO
Country
Chile
Entry Year
2017
Running Time
104min
Format/Color
Encrypted DCP / Color
PROGRAM NOTE
Marina is in her 20’s and works as a waitress during the day and as a club singer at night. One day, she enjoys a birthday night with her lover Orlando, a middle aged businessman, who becomes unconscious all of a sudden and dies the moment he is carried to a hospital. Marina has to deal with the sorrow of losing her lover suddenly, but the situation she faces doesn’t allow her to. The hospital doesn’t treat her as part of Orlando’s family and the family don’t accept her as one of its members either. The police even suspect that she might have killed Orlando. Being deprived of her right to love and mourn just because she is a transgender, Marina starts her fight to take her rights back. Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio shows Marina’s battle in an honest and straightforward manner without the help of dramatic devices or twisted plot turns as Marina fights discrimination and prejudice with her bare hands. Her story of resistance to social prejudice raises an ethical question for us about how we should perceive the hard lives of others in our society and how we should respond to them. (Jin PARK)
DIRECTOR
Director
Sebastián LELIO
Born in 1974, Sebastián Lelio grew up in Chile and currently lives in the country’s capital. He studied at the Chile Film School and produced shorts and a few documentaries before making his feature debut at the 2005 San Sebastian Film Festival with the feature The Holy Family. His films include Smog (2000), Christmas (2009) and Gloria (2013).
CREDITS
credits.
DIRECTOR Sebastián LELIO
PRODUCER Juan DE DIOS LARRAÍN ,Pablo LARRAÍN
CAST Daniela VEGA ,Francisco REYES
CINEMATOGRAPHY Benjamín ECHAZARRETA
ART DIRECTOR Estefanía LARRAÍN
EDITOR Soledad SALFATE
SOUND Tina LASCHKE
MUSIC Matthew HERBERT