AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, has just moved into the apartment of her older lover. In the wake of his untimely death, Marina soon realizes that, from now on, everything about her will be brought into question: her involvement in her companion’s death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved partner. To make matters worse, the accusations, exclusions, and indignities may have more to do with her identity as a woman rather than the death of her significant other.
“Exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice.” – Variety
“It is a wonderful performance from the 28-year-old trans actor Daniela Vega: passionate, intelligent and with a certain understated dignity.”– The Guardian
“A Fantastic Woman lives up to its title, in more ways than one: a straightforward story of self-assertion and defiance and a complex study of the nuances of identity.”– The New York Times
Starring: Daniela Vega (Marina)
Awards: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress Award at Palm Springs FF (Vega)
Chile; R; Directed by Sebastián Lelio (2017), 104 Minutes