A Fantastic Woman 18+
South Australian Premiere
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, Berlin Film Festival
Transgender actress Daniela Vega is sensational as Marina Vidal, a confident and vivacious waitress who moonlights as a bar singer. When her male lover dies suddenly, his family and government officials treat Marina with disdain. With all the courage of a classic Hollywood heroine Marina sets out to prove she has the right to grieve like everyone else. This compassionate and inspiring drama won the Best Screenplay prize at Berlin.
“Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision.” – (The Hollywood Reporter)
Director Sebastián Lelio | Screenwriter Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza | Producer Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza | Composer Matthew Herbert | Cinematographer Benjamín Echazarreta | Editor Soledad Salfate | Cast Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes
Born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1974, he grew up in Chile where he studied film at the Escuela de Cine de Chile. His feature film debut La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family) screened at San Sebastián, Navidad was premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight in 2009, and his third film El año del Tigre (The Year of the Tiger) at Locarno in 2011. In 2012 he participated in the DAAD artist residency in Berlin. His film Gloria premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2013 and its lead Paulina García won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.