Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 30 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.
The film has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
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 gender 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.
Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
Produced by: Juan de Dios Larraín,Pablo Larraín
Written by: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes
Music by: Matthew Herbert
Cinematography: Benjamín Echazarreta
Edited by: Soledad Salfate
Length: 104 mins
Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival, Cabourg Film Festival, Havana Film Festival,
Awards: 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 2018 Golden Globe nominee for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Date: March 2, 2018 (Theatrical), May 21, 2018 (Non-Theatrical)
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