A Fantastic Woman
Writer/director Sebastian Lelio followed up his acclaimed 2013 Chilean film Gloria with our next Rialto Recommends which is his 2017 film A FANTASTIC WOMAN. Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) returns with 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-nominated 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 and elevated by elegant flights of surrealism, it is a courageous, audacious and defiant declaration of Marina's status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that. Rolling Stone raved "This indelibly moving film - Chile's entry in the Oscar race for Best Foreign film - features a performance of surpassing beauty and tenderness from Daniela Vega, an openly transgender actress seizing her moment with stirring authenticity." While Variety proclaimed "Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work." A FANTASTIC WOMAN is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, and others.