Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Pablo Larrain-Produced Drama 'A Fantastic Woman'

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Pablo Larrain

The film will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Competition section on Feb. 12.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Sebastian Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica) from Participant Media.

The film will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Competition section on Feb. 12.

Written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, A Fantastic Woman stars Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes. The story revolves around waitress-singer Marina and her older boyfriend Orlando. When Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society and fight to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.

The film is produced by Fabula’s Juan de Dios Larrain and Pablo Larraín with German banner Komplizen Film. Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King executive produced.

“I'm thrilled Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing A Fantastic Woman and am excited by their passion for Marina's story," Lelio said. "The story is one of great human strength, which I hope will invite and challenge audiences to explore the limits of their own empathy. For me, Marina is an inspiration.”

Added King: “After our rewarding collaborations on No and Neruda, we deeply value our ongoing relationship with Juan and Pablo, and we are excited that A Fantastic Woman is being received with the same kind of enthusiastic response. We could not be happier to be back in business with our friends at Sony Pictures Classics in bringing Sebastian’s beautiful film to audiences.”

Sony Pictures Classics previously collaborated with Fabula and Participant Media on Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated No and with Komplizen Film on this year’s foreign-language frontrunner Toni Erdmann.

Gabriel Brakin and King negotiated the deal on behalf of Participant Media. Funny Balloons is handling foreign sales for the remaining territories.