A Fantastic Woman
A Fantastic Woman (Spanish: Una mujer fantástica) is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, produced by Juan de Dios and Pablo Larraín and starring Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film where it won in the 90th Academy Awards.
|A Fantastic Woman|
Chilean theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sebastián Lelio|
|Music by||Matthew Herbert|
|Edited by||Soledad Salfate|
|Box office||$3.7 million|
Marina is a young transgender woman living in Santiago, Chile, who works as a singer and waitress. She is taken to dinner by her boyfriend Orlando, an older man whom she has recently moved in with. That night, Orlando wakes up in a daze and complains he does not feel right. Marina prepares to take him to the hospital, but he stumbles down a flight of stairs. After driving Orlando to the hospital and checking him in, she is told by a doctor that Orlando has died of a brain aneurysm. She runs from the hospital and is then picked up by police, who drive her back and demand an explanation for why she left so suddenly. Marina speaks to Orlando's brother, Gabo, who helps her to convince the police officers of her innocence and lets her take Orlando's car home.
Marina is contacted by Sonia, Orlando's ex-wife, and they arrange a time for Marina to drop off Orlando's car. She meets with Sonia, who is upfront with her transphobic feelings towards Marina. Shortly after, Orlando's son Bruno starts occupying the apartment Orlando owned where Marina lives, intent on driving her out. He also insists on keeping her dog, Diabla, that Marina tells him Orlando gave her. While working, Marina is visited by a detective. The detective, Adriana, reveals she works in solving crimes that include sexual assault, and was concerned by the bruises Orlando suffered during his fall. To prove her innocence, Marina reports to the police station and is photographed nude to prove that there was no physical exchange between them on the night of Orlando's death.
Greeted by her sister Wanda and Wanda's partner Gastón the following day, Marina prepares to move out of Orlando's apartment. Although they and Sonia warn her not to, Marina attends Orlando's wake. Upon entering, Sonia stops the service and demands that Marina leave. On her way out, Gabo follows and apologizes to her. She is later accosted by Bruno and his friends from a car. His friends grab her and force her into the car. They threaten her and wrap her face in scotch tape, leaving her in an alleyway. Scared and alone, Marina then walks to a gay club where she meets and dances with a boy. She stays with Wanda and Gastón that evening.
The next morning, she discovers the details of Orlando's funeral in the newspaper. Her friends warn her to let it go, and Marina says she will not attend. However, she does go to the funeral home after the ceremony takes place. Entering the graveyard, she is confronted by Orlando's family who are leaving in their car. While they insult her, she climbs on top of the car and yells angrily that she wants her dog, Diabla, back. Stunned, they drive away. Following an employee into the morgue, she is able to see Orlando's body and say goodbye to him before his cremation. Later, Marina is seen taking a run with Diabla. In the last scene, she sings an opera recital to a packed auditorium.
- Daniela Vega as Marina Vidal
- Francisco Reyes as Orlando Onetto Partier
- Luis Gnecco as Gabriel Onetto Partier
- Aline Küppenheim as Sonia Bunster
- Amparo Noguera as Adriana Cortés
- Nicolás Saavedra as Bruno Onetto Bunster
- Antonia Zegers as Alessandra
- Trinidad González as Wanda Vidal
- Néstor Cantillana as Gastón
- Alejandro Goic as Doctor
A Fantastic Woman premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on 12 February 2017 where the movie won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award, an award given to films with a LGBT theme. Two days earlier, the film was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
The film currently holds a 93% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 206 reviews, with an average rating of 8.08/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care." It currently holds a score of 86 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 43 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".
A Fantastic Woman's Oscar win was utilised by Chilean LBGTQ activists to accelerate local discussions on a gender identity bill. Chile subsequently approved laws for transgender citizens to change their official details in late 2018.
A Fantastic Woman received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, and became the first Chilean film to win the award in this category. It was the second Chilean film to win an Oscar, after Bear Story in 2016.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref(s)|
|Academy Awards||4 March 2018||Best Foreign Language Film||Chile||Won|
|Belgian Film Critics Association||7 January 2018||Grand Prix||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
|Berlin International Film Festival||18 February 2017||Teddy Award – Best Feature Film||Sebastián Lelio||Won|
|Silver Bear for Best Screenplay||Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza||Won|
|Golden Bear||Sebastián Lelio||Nominated|
|Cabourg Film Festival||18 June 2017||Grand Jury Prize||Sebastián Lelio||Won|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||11 January 2018||Best Foreign Language Film||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
|Dorian Awards||31 January 2018||Best Foreign Language Film||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Daniela Vega||Nominated|
|Best LGBTQ Film||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
|Best Rising Star||Daniela Vega||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||12 April 2018||Outstanding Film – Limited Release||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||7 January 2018||Best Foreign Language Film||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
|Goya Awards||3 February 2018||Best Iberoamerican Film||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Havana Film Festival||15 December 2017||Special Jury Prize||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Best Actress||Daniela Vega||Won|
|Unete- United Nations Prize||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||3 March 2018||Best International Film||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|National Board of Review||28 November 2017||Top Five Foreign Language Films||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||13 January 2018||Honorable Mention Cine Latino Jury||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film||Daniela Vega||Won|
|Platino Awards||29 April 2018||Best Film||A Fantastic Woman||Won|
|Best Director||Sebastián Lelio||Won|
|Best Actress||Daniela Vega||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Soledad Salfate||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Benjamín Echazarreta||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Estefanía Larraín||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Tina Laschke||Nominated|
|Film and Education Values||A Fantastic Woman||Nominated|
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