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Una Mujer Fantástica

Marina and Orlando are in love and plan to spend their lives together. She is working as a waitress and adores singing. Her lover, twenty years her senior, has left his family for her. One night, when they return home after having exuberantly celebrated Marina’s birthday at a restaurant, Orlando suddenly turns deathly pale and stops responding. At the hospital, all the doctors can do is confirm his death. Events follow thick and fast: Marina finds herself facing a female police inspector’s unpleasant questions, and Orlando’s family shows her nothing but anger and mistrust. Orlando’s wife excludes Marina from the funeral; she also orders her to leave the apartment – which on paper at least belonged to Orlando – as soon as possible. Marina is a transgender woman. The deceased’s family feels threatened by her sexual identity. With the same energy she once used to fight for her right to live as a woman Marina, with head held high, now insists on her right to grieve. Even if her environment conspires against her, the film at least is entirely on her side, showing us a protagonist who, although increasingly side-lined, is nonetheless strong and worldly-wise – a truly fantastic woman.

“I see Una Mujer Fantástica as a film of aesthetic splendor, narrative vigor, tension and emotion. Polytonal, multi-experiential, multi-emotional. It’s a film that is both a celebration and examination of its main character: Marina Vidal”

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Director: Sebastián Lelio
Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Director of Photography: Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Music: Matthew Herbert
Sound Design: Tina Laschke
Sound: Alberto Alén
Production Design: Estefanía Larraín
Costumes: Muriel Parra
Make-up: Valeria Goffreri
Assistant Director: Maria José Droguett
Casting: Moira Miller, Alejandra Alaff
Production Manager: Eduardo Castro
Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín
Executive Producers: Rocío Jadue, Mariane Hartard, Ben von Dobeneck
Co-producers: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Fernanda del Nido
Co-production
Participant Media, Los Angeles
Komplizen Film, Berlin
Muchas Gracias, Santiago
Setembro Cine, Barcelona

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