Written and Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Daniela Vega, Aline Küppenheim, Francisco Reyes and Luis Genecco
Chile/Germany/Spain/USA / 2017 / Drama / 14A for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault, not suggested for sensitive viewers / Spanish with English subtitles / 104 min.
“Empathetic and engaging from start to finish, complete with an exceptional lead performance and one perfect song cue.” – Sarah Ward, Concrete Playground
“With a remarkable performance by Daniela Vega, the film is a drama with suspense elements about the different forms that gender violence can take.” – Diego Lerer, Otroscines.com
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.
Won – 3 Awards:
Special Mention/Best Screenplay/Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2017
Nominated – Best Narrative Feature, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2017
WON – Best Latin American Film, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2017
CANADIAN PREMIERE – Toronto International Film Festival, 2017