A Fantastic Woman (15)
The first Chilean feature to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this is a powerful tale of love and grief. After her older love unexpectedly dies, Marina (Vega), a young trans woman, must face questioning from her partner’s family and harassment from the police in order to prove that she had nothing to do with his death — all while trying to come to terms with her loss.
From the producers of Jackie and Spotlight, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar. With luminous visuals and 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.
Friday, October 19th 2018
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
And the critics say…
“The title of Sebastián Lelio’s new film might seem a bit on the nose. It’s a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done..” A.O. Scott, New York Times
“A magnetic screen presence, Vega is called upon to unify the film’s shifting moods – no mean feat. It’s a challenge to which she rises with ease.” Mark Kermode, Observer
“I went into a kind of alert trance watching this – in tandem with the heroine’s own weightless alienation and shock. When the screen went dark prior to running the final credits, I assumed for an instant that some small initial section had come to a close. In fact, an hour and three quarters had gone by.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“From the moment the camera catches sight of the singer Marina Vidal in a Santiago hotspot, where she brings panache to a salsa-infused torch song, it is fully captivated and so are we.” Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
“Lelio crafts a world that’s realistically, distressingly unfair, violent and dark. But with Vega in the lead, her arresting screen charisma lends itself to some truly lovely and wonderful bits of fire and magic.” Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service