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A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica)

Director Sebastian Lelio's compelling drama, which was co-written by Gonzalo Maza, has been nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards. It is a timely portrait of grief and injustice, as seen through the eyes of aspiring singer Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega), who is happily settled with an older boyfriend, Orlando (Francisco Reyes). They live together, in defiance of Orlando's family, who believe that Marina's status as a trans woman is a perversion of the laws of nature. During Marina's birthday celebrations, Orlando falls unexpectedly ill and she rushes him to hospital. Sadly, he doesn't regain consciousness and Marina has the desperately sad task of informing Orlando's family and friends of his passing. She is met with a wall of animosity and suspicion, and the family closes ranks. Ex-wife Sonia (Aline Kuppenheim) forbids Marina from attending the funeral to mourn the man she loved, while his son Bruno (Nicolas Saavedra) uses violence and intimidation to persuade Marina to move out of the apartment she shared with Orlando. Meanwhile, Marina faces a flurry of questions about her relationship with the dead man from a female police detective called Adriana (Amparo Noguera), who is assigned to the Sexual Offences Unit.