US Trailer for 'A Fantastic Woman' Starring Trans Actress Daniela Vega

September 5, 2017
Source: Vulture

A Fantastic Woman Trailer

"I'm just looking out for my loved ones, that's all." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled an official US trailer for Sebastián Lelio's acclaimed drama A Fantastic Woman, from Chile, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year to quite a bit of international acclaim. The films stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as Marina, a transgender woman living in Chile who must deal with the challenges of oppression and hate when her older lover suddenly passes away. His family rejects her and everything seems to start falling apart in her life. The cast includes Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, and Nicolás Saavedra. I saw this film at Berlinale and it's good, but it didn't totally win me over. It's still an important film for trans actors and trans storytelling, and deserves attention for that reason. Definitely worth a look.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman, originally from Vulture:

A Fantastic Woman Poster

Marina is a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando, 20 years older than her, is the owner of a printing press. Marina and Orlando are in love and they both plan a future together. After Orlando dies suddenly, Marina sees herself forced to confront Orlando’s family and fight again to show everyone what she is: a complex, strong, honest and fantastic woman. A Fantastic Woman is directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio, of the films The Sacred Family, Christmas, The Year of the Tiger, and Gloria previously. The screenplay is written by Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and is also playing at the Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals this fall. Sony Classics will release A Fantastic Woman in select US theaters starting on November 17th this fall. Anyone interested?

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Looks solid. But not enough to make me watch.

DAVIDPD on Sep 5, 2017


It's not easy to be different in this world. After so many centuries, that's still a problem ... I might watch it sometimes ...

shiboleth on Sep 5, 2017


I don't understand the need to be referred to as a transgender woman especially if the film is called A fantastic woman. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it becomes a butterfly not a chrysalis butterfly. If a man wants to become a woman, then fine but once you have transferred to it, then you are just a woman (or just a man if you go the other way). Why is there a need to apply a new classification that defines you as not a woman but a transgender woman? If complaining about being treated differently, or wringing drama out of the lack of acceptance, surely not categorising yourself as different to the gender classification that you've chosen to join would help.

Payne by name on Sep 6, 2017


More attention. They didn't get enough growing up, I guess.

RPD on Sep 6, 2017


I generally agree... But right now it's about representation and telling a story about a transgender person. I guess if we were to ask Daniela how exactly she wants to be known, perhaps for the sake of the film, she'd want it to be known as a film telling a story about a transgender woman. Interesting thoughts...

Alex Billington on Sep 6, 2017

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