Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
VLAFF SPECIAL PRESENTATION: 'A FASTASTIC WOMAN'
$16 - $18
When: Thu, Sept 6, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
"Vega’s tough, expressive, subtly anguished performance deserves so much more than political praise. It’s a multi-layered, emotionally polymorphous feat of acting, nurtured with pitch-perfect sensitivity by her director." -Guy Lodge, Variety
A FANTASTIC WOMAN - Una Mujer Fantástica
Director: Sebastián Lelio | Chile, 2017 |Spanish with English subtitles | 104 min
First Chilean film in history to receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2018)
Marina and Orlando are in love and plan to spend their lives together. She works as a waitress and pursues her passion for singing by night. Her lover, twenty years her senior, has left his family for her. One night, when they return home after celebrating Orlando’s birthday together at a restaurant, he suddenly turns pale and stops responding. After rushing to the hospital, a doctor confirms his death. Events follow thick and fast: Marina finds herself facing unpleasant and invasive questioning from police, and Orlando’s family shows her nothing but anger and mistrust. On top of her loss, Marina, a trans woman, must now contend with the prejudice, hatred and disrespect she faces as she attempts to grieve. With the same pride and determination she once used to fight for her right to live as a woman, Marina now fiercely insists on her right to mourn.
About the Director
Sebastián Lelio, 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.
Sebastián Lelio's Filmography: La Sagrada Familia (2006), Navidad (2009), El año del Tigre (2011), Gloria (2013)