23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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A Fantastic Woman / Una Mujer Fantastica

27/9/2017, 20:30, Ideal

After the sudden death of her partner, Marina must deal with his family's unwillingness to let her mourn along with them. Why? Because Marina is a transexual. Sebastián Lelio, director of the award-winning “Gloria”, uses Daniela Vega's fiery temperament to tease taboos in this Almodóvar- like ode to diversity. It won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival, produced by Maren Ade and Pablo Larraín. Leading actress Daniela Vega in attendance

Una Mujer Fantastica

One of the best Competition films of the recent International Berlin Film Festival turns around all prejudice and gives the chance to “A Fantastic Woman” to become a real heroine. Sebastian Lelio (“Gloria”) and transsexual actress Daniela Vega take the audience to a journey of courageous redefinition and present us with a mirror reflecting the hypocrisy of a society which rushes to embrace diversity in the name of political correctness but ignores it on personal moments.

Issues of sexual identity, gender determination and family rigidity combine with passion, music and melodrama: these are the main elements of this “Fantastic Woman” which could be Pedro Almodovar’s best film in a decade. Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at Berlin International Film Festival 2017.

Director: Sebastian Lelio
Screenwriters: Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
DoP: Benjamin Echazarreta
Music: Matthew Herbert
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Principal Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Nicolas Saavedra, Amparo Noguera

Chile, USA, Germany, Spain | 2017 | Color | DCP | 104' | Spanish

SEBASTIAN LELIO
Born in Argentina in 1974, he grew up in Chile where he studied film. His feature film debut The Holy Family was premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight in 2009. In 2012 he participated in the DAAD artist residency in Berlin.

Filmography (selected)
2017 A Fantastic Woman
2012 Gloria
2011 The Year of the Tiger
2009 Christmas
2005 The Holy Family