The last year in LGBT cinema has been prolific. The latest, A Fantastic Woman from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, is premiering in Chicago Friday. The film was an official selection at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
Marina, a transgender woman in Santiago, falls in love with Orlando, a business magnate 20 years her elder. Their relationship is real, genuine, and deep. But when Orlando suddenly dies, Orlando’s ex-wife, hospital staff, and police suspect foul play. They see Marina as nothing more than a man coercing wealth from Orlando. She spends most of the film discovering the right to be herself in memory of her love. It’s been a breakout role for Daniela Vega, the trans actress who plays Marina.
A Fantastic Woman is being portrayed as a victory in Latin American LGBT film. WBEZ film contributor and Facets multimedia founder Milos Stehlik joins Worldview to review the film.
Milos Stehlik, WBEZ film contributor and Facets multimedia founder