1h 44m / R / Drama
Marina (Daniela Vega) is a waitress and a nightclub singer in a happy and growing relationship with divorcé Orlando (award-winning Chilean TV and film actor Francisco Reyes), despite his being 30 years her senior. But their peaceful, warm love for each other doesn’t last long. While celebrating Marina’s birthday, Orlando is suddenly struck by illness in the night, injures himself badly, and is rushed to the hospital where he dies almost immediately. Marina, wanting only to grieve her lost lover in peace, is treated with suspicion by legal authorities and medical professionals, who believe she may have been involved in Orlando’s death. But worst of all, as a trans woman, Orlando’s family treats her like an abomination — abusing, assaulting and mistrusting her. Left abruptly alone in the world, she must find a way to move through her life as she always has before: with dignity, strength, and heroic transcendence of pain — truly a fantastic woman.
Sebastián Lelio (director of Gloria) landed an OSCAR win for A Fantastic Woman in the Best Foreign Film category — and it would be a gripping and tense police procedural, even if it wasn’t anything else. As it happens, it’s much more than that. A study of reconciliation with loss in the face of a cruel and hateful world, it has volumes to say about how the death of loved ones impacts even the most comfortable and safe among us. But as an open and compassionate look at the lived experience of a trans woman, and as a film unafraid to venture out of strict realism into the oneiric landscape of Marina’s inner life and memories, A Fantastic Woman makes a powerful case for itself as the finest foreign film of 2017.
In Spanish with English Subtitles
Doors & bar open a half-hour before show time