24th-29th September 2018

Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon

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A Fantastic Woman

a fantastic woman
  • Date: Tuesday 25th September
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £7
  • Type: Film screening

A screening of this exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice.

About "A Fantastic Woman"

In this exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice, director Lelio in A Fantastic Woman has crafted perhaps the most resonant and empathetic screen testament to the everyday obstacles of transgender existence since Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry in 1999. Mingled with a wily, anxious streak of noir styling, likely to earn Almodóvarian comparisons that it can weather with flair, Lelio’s film was this year’s well-deserved Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

It is worth seeing for all number of reasons, not least the performance by lead Daniela Vega as Marina, whose tough, expressive, subtly anguished performance deserves so much more than political praise. It’s a multi-layered, emotional feat of acting, nurtured with pitch-perfect sensitivity by her director, who maintains complete candor on Marina’s condition without pushing her anywhere she wouldn’t herself go.

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