Dir. Sebastián Lelio • 2018 • Chile • 104 mins • Cert 15
Gloria director Sebastián Lelio returns with A Fantastic Woman, a groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega, this Oscar-winning film is an urgent call for compassion towards a community that faces bigotry and hostility on a daily basis.
Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. As tensions rise between Marina and Orlando’s family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back.
From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar. Soaked in luminous visuals, it is a courageous and defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that.
This screening aims to shed light on the trans experience here in the UK, and is hosted in partnership with Gendered Intelligence. The film will be preceded by a talk by Annie Brown, a young trans activist and artist working with the Southbank Centre’s Young Activist Programme.