A FANTASTIC WOMAN
UNA MUJER FANTASTICA
2017, Sony Pictures Classics, 104 min, Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, Dir: Sebastian Lelio

Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer and Orlando (Francisco Reyes), 20 years older, owns a printing company. Both are very much in love. But after Marina rushes him to the emergency room one evening, Orlando dies, and suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. Marina is a trans woman; for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina must battle the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman. “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.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.


NERUDA
2016, The Orchard, 107 min, Chile/ Argentina/ France/ Spain/ USA, Dir: Pablo Larraín

Although he was Chile’s greatest poet, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) was forced into hiding during the government’s anti-communist crackdown in 1948. This distinctive biographical drama sees the future Nobel laureate’s life through the eyes of a police inspector (Gael García Bernal, terrific here) trying to track him down. “A stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer … a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


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