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A Fantastic Woman (Spanish: Una mujer fantástica) is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, written by Lelio and Gonzalo Meza,[5] 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.[6] It was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film[7] where it won in the 90th Academy Awards.[8]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Release 4 Reception

4.1 Critical reception 4.2 Accolades

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] 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 doesn't 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, Antonia, 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 friends Wanda and Gastón the following day, Marina prepares to move out of Orlando's apartment. Though warned not to by her friends and Sonia, 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 won't 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. Cast[edit]

Daniela Vega as Marina Vidal Francisco Reyes as Orlando Luis Gnecco as Gabo Aline Küppenheim as Sonia Amparo Noguera as Antonia Nicolás Saavedra as Bruno Antonia Zegers as Alessandra Trinidad González as Wanda Néstor Cantillana as Gastón Alejandro Goic as Doctor

Release[edit]

Larraín, Vega, Lelio, Reyes at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

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.[1] Reception[edit] Critical reception[edit] The film currently holds a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. Among top critics on the site, it holds an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care."[9] It currently holds a score of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 41 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]

Accolades[edit] A Fantastic Woman received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards,[8] and became the first Chilean film to win the award.[11]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref(s)

Academy Awards 4 March 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Chile Won [11]

Belgian Film Critics Association 7 January 2018 Grand Prix A Fantastic Woman Nominated [12]

Berlin International Film Festival 18 February 2017 Teddy Award – Best Feature Film Sebastián Lelio Won [13]

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza Won [14]

Golden Bear Sebastián Lelio Nominated

Cabourg Film Festival 18 June 2017 Grand Jury Prize Sebastián Lelio Won [15]

Critics' Choice Movie Awards 11 January 2018 Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman Nominated [16]

Dorian Awards 31 January 2018 Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman Nominated [17]

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 Pending [18]

Golden Globe Award 7 January 2018 Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman Nominated [19]

Goya Awards 3 February 2018 Best Iberoamerican Film A Fantastic Woman Won [20]

Havana Film Festival 15 December 2017 Special Jury Prize A Fantastic Woman Won [21]

Best Actress Daniela Vega Won

Unete- United Nations Prize A Fantastic Woman Won [22]

Independent Spirit Awards 3 March 2018 Best International Film A Fantastic Woman Won [23]

National Board of Review 28 November 2017 Top Five Foreign Language Films A Fantastic Woman Won [24]

Palm Springs International Film Festival 13 January 2018[25] Honorable Mention Cine Latino Jury A Fantastic Woman Won [26]

Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film Daniela Vega Won

See also[edit]

List of submissions to the 90th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Chilean submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References[edit]

^ a b Hipes, Patrick (9 February 2017). "Sony Classics Picks Up Berlin Competition Pic 'A Fantastic Woman'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.  ^ "LUMIERE: film: Una mujer fantástica". Lumiere Database. Retrieved 8 March 2018.  ^ "Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 March 2018.  ^ "Una Mujer Fantástica". The Numbers. Retrieved 10 November 2017.  ^ "'A Fantastic Woman' wraps shoot". SceenDaily. Retrieved 15 December 2016.  ^ "Aki Kaurismäki, Oren Moverman, Agnieszka Holland, Andres Veiel, and Sally Potter – First Films for the Competition of the Berlinale 2017". Berlinale. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.  ^ "Los latinos al Óscar 2018: Chile". Premios Óscar Latinos. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.  ^ a b "Oscars 2018: The list of nominees in full". BBC News. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.  ^ "A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 21 March 2018.  ^ "A Fantastic Woman Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 March 2018.  ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (4 March 2018). "Oscars: Chile's Win for 'A Fantastic Woman' a Transgender Watershed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2018.  ^ "Grand Prix UCC 2018: cinq finalistes issus de quatre pays, le Cavens à Home". 6néma (in French). 22 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.  ^ "TEDDY AWARD Winners 2017". 17 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.  ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. 18 February 2017.  ^ Fair, Vanity. "Le Festival du Film de Cabourg 2017 a distingué ses lauréats". Retrieved 22 June 2017.  ^ "Critics' Choice Awards: 'The Shape of Water' Leads With 14 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.  ^ "'Call Me by Your Name' Leads Dorian Award Nominations". The Hollywood reporter. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.  ^ "GLAAD Media Awards: The Complete List of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.  ^ "Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by 'The Shape of Water' and 'The Post'". Indiewire. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.  ^ AFP (3 February 2018). ""Una mujer fantástica", gana Goya a mejor película iberoamericana". El Espectador. Retrieved 7 February 2018.  ^ "Argentine Drama "Alanis" Takes Best Film Award at the Havana Film Festival". Havana Times. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.  ^ "Collateral Awards of Havana Film Festival Granted". Prensa Latina. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  ^ "2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: 'Get Out' and 'Call Me by Your Name' Dominate". Indiewire. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.  ^ "2017 Award Winners". National Board of Review. Retrieved 27 December 2017.  ^ "A Fantastic Woman". Palm Sprigs International Film Society. Retrieved 13 January 2018.  ^ "Félicité Garners Palm Springs Accolades". Palm Sprigs Life. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

A Fantastic Woman on IMDb A Fantastic Woman at Metacritic A Fantastic Woman at Rotten Tomatoes

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Films directed by Sebastián Lelio

The Sacred Family (2005) Christmas (2009) The Year of the Tiger (2011) Gloria (2013) A Fantastic Woman (2017) Disobedience (2017) Gloria (2018)

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Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

1947–1955 (Honorary)

1947: Shoeshine – Vittorio De Sica 1948: Monsieur Vincent – Maurice Cloche 1949: Bicycle Thieves – Vittorio De Sica 1950: The Walls of Malapaga – René Clément 1951: Rashomon – Akira Kurosawa 1952: Forbidden Games – René Clément 1953: No Award 1954: Gate of Hell – Teinosuke Kinugasa 1955: Samurai, The Legend of Musashi – Hiroshi Inagaki

1956–1975

1956: La Strada – Federico Fellini 1957: Nights of Cabiria – Federico Fellini 1958: My Uncle – Jacques Tati 1959: Black Orpheus – Marcel Camus 1960: The Virgin Spring – Ingmar Bergman 1961: Through a Glass Darkly – Ingmar Bergman 1962: Sundays and Cybele – Serge Bourguignon 1963: 8½ – Federico Fellini 1964: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Vittorio De Sica 1965: The Shop on Main Street – Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos 1966: A Man and a Woman – Claude Lelouch 1967: Closely Watched Trains – Jiří Menzel 1968: War and Peace – Sergei Bondarchuk 1969: Z – Costa-Gavras 1970: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion – Elio Petri 1971: The Garden of the Finzi Continis – Vittorio De Sica 1972: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – Luis Buñuel 1973: Day for Night – François Truffaut 1974: Amarcord – Federico Fellini 1975: Dersu Uzala – Akira Kurosawa

1976–2000

1976: Black and White in Color – Jean-Jacques Annaud 1977: Madame Rosa – Moshé Mizrahi 1978: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs – Bertrand Blier 1979: The Tin Drum – Volker Schlöndorff 1980: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears – Vladimir Menshov 1981: Mephisto – István Szabó 1982: Volver a Empezar ('To Begin Again') – José Luis Garci 1983: Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman 1984: Dangerous Moves – Richard Dembo 1985: The Official Story – Luis Puenzo 1986: The Assault – Fons Rademakers 1987: Babette's Feast – Gabriel Axel 1988: Pelle the Conqueror – Bille August 1989: Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore 1990: Journey of Hope – Xavier Koller 1991: Mediterraneo – Gabriele Salvatores 1992: Indochine – Régis Wargnier 1993: Belle Époque – Fernando Trueba 1994: Burnt by the Sun – Nikita Mikhalkov 1995: Antonia's Line – Marleen Gorris 1996: Kolya – Jan Svěrák 1997: Character – Mike van Diem 1998: Life Is Beautiful – Roberto Benigni 1999: All About My Mother – Pedro Almodóvar 2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Ang Lee

2001–present

2001: No Man's Land – Danis Tanović 2002: Nowhere in Africa – Caroline Link 2003: The Barbarian Invasions – Denys Arcand 2004: The Sea Inside – Alejandro Amenábar 2005: Tsotsi – Gavin Hood 2006: The Lives of Others – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 2007: The Counterfeiters – Stefan Ruzowitzky 2008: Departures – Yōjirō Takita 2009: The Secret in Their Eyes – Juan J. Campanella 2010: In a Better World – Susanne Bier 2011: A Separation – Asghar Farhadi 2012: Amour – Michael Haneke 2013: The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino 2014: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski 2015: Son of Saul – László Nemes 2016: The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi 2017: A Fantastic Woman – Sebastián Lelio

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Cabourg Film Festival Grand Prix

Malèna - Giuseppe Tornatore (2001) Riding in Cars with Boys - Penny Marshall (2002) Life Kills Me - Jean-Pierre Sinapi (2003) The Consequences of Love - Paolo Sorrentino (2004) My Summer of Love - Paweł Pawlikowski (2005) Lower City - Sérgio Machado (2006) Franz + Polina - Mikhail Segal (2007) Alice's House - Chico Teixeira (2008) Somers Town - Shane Meadows (2009) Sometime in August - Sebastian Schipper (2009) Air Doll - Hirokazu Koreeda (2010) Come Undone - Silvio Soldini (2010) Declaration of War - Valérie Donzelli (2011) Laurence Anyways - Xavier Dolan (2012) Grand Central - Rebecca Zlotowski (2013) Party Girl - Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis (2014) Matterhorn - Diederik Ebbinge (2014) Short Skin - I dolori del giovane Edo - Duccio Chiarini (2015) Diamond Island - Davy Chou (2016) A Fantastic Woman - Sebastián Lelio (2017)

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Teddy Award winners for Best LGBT Feature Film

1980s

Law of Desire (1987) The Last of England (1988) Fun Down There (1989)

1990s

Coming Out (1990) Poison (1991) Together Alone (1992) Wittgenstein (1993) Go Fish (1994) The Last Supper (1995) The Watermelon Woman (1996) All Over Me (1997) Hold You Tight (1998) Show Me Love (1999)

2000s

Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Walking on Water (2002) A Thousand Clouds of Peace (2003) Wild Side (2004) A Year Without Love (2005) The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006) Spider Lilies (2007) The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008) Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)

2010s

The Kids Are All Right (2010) Ausente (2011) Keep the Lights On (2012) In the Name of (2013) The Way He Looks (2014) Nasty Baby (2015) Tomcat (2016) A Fantastic Woman (2017) Hard

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