'The Danish Girl' Trailer: "I Believe That I Am a Woman"

Venice Film Festival

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in the Tom Hooper-directed transgender drama.

The first trailer for transgender drama The Danish Girl has debuted online, offering a longer look at the highly anticipated film about the first person to undergo a sex-change operation.

In the movie, directed by The King's Speech and Les Miserables helmer Tom Hooper, Redmayne plays transgender artist Lili Elbe, who was born as Einar Wegener. Alicia Vikander plays Elbe's wife, Gerda. The movie focuses on their love story as Lili makes a pioneering journey.

The preview begins by showing Redmayne's and Vikander's characters in the early days of their relationship. Lili then has a moment when Gerda has her hold up a dress for a painting.

Lili begins dressing like a woman for Gerda's paintings — followed by an evening out, when she kisses a man, and Gerda sees them.

Ultimately, Lili tells Gerda, "I believe that I am a woman," and Gerda, although she seems reluctant to lose her husband, says, "And I believe you, too."

The trailer shows Lili undergoing an operation and declaring the need to change: "This is not my body, I have to let it go."

The clip ends with a voiceover, in which Lili proclaims her love for Gerda.

"I love you because you're the only person who made sense of me, who made me possible," she says.

The film is based on the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff. Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay.

The Danish Girl is set to get its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and also will screen in Toronto, with Focus Features releasing the movie in the U.S. on Nov. 27.

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