Screen Queen Presents: A Fantastic Woman
Screen Queen Presents is a new Monday night queer film series hosted by Josh Vogelsong at Suns Cinema. Guests can expect to see a wide range of both mainstream & underground selections, working to cover the entire film & queer spectrum.
ABOUT THE FILM
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future.
Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company.
After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.
Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando.
Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion.
So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles 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.
""IT MAY BE A TIMELY FILM, BUT IT IS ITS TIMELESSNESS, AS WELL AS ITS DEPTHS OF COMPASSION, THAT QUALIFY IT AS A GREAT ONE."
"Lelios deployment of fantasy sequences further provides a mode of articulating her state of mind. We watch her physically soar on two occasions: the first battling a windstorm on her way home, her body arching upwards as if walking on air; the second at a nightclub late on in the film, when she floats in the air, leading a choreographed sequence in a magnificent gold and silver tinsel outfit." Sight & Sound
"Lelio is a superb director of actors, and hes especially talented at conveying intimacy between characters who know each other well. The film even achieves a certain exuberance when Marina goes to a dance club and tries to lose herself. As she momentarily forgets about Orlando and the pain his relatives have caused her, Marina finds herself in a new costume performing a choreographed number with about a dozen other people. Its a hard-won celebration of Marinas right to be herself." Chicago Reader
"Suffused with fantastical elements, dreamlike sequences and hallucinatory images, "A Fantastic Woman" stars Daniela Vega, a trans actress, and her performance roots the film in a kind of intimate verisimilitude. . . . Lelio approaches this material with sensitivity and empathy. There's restraint in his style, eloquent as it is." Sheila O'Malley
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