Oscars: Chile Selects 'A Fantastic Woman' as Foreign-Language Submission

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Daniela Vega in 'A Fantastic Woman'

Sebastian Lelio's Berlinale entry stars Daniela Vega as a transgender woman dealing with the death of her partner and the judgment of his family.

Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman is Chile's submission for the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars, the country's Minister of Culture announced Monday.

"A film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision," The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney writes in his review, Lelio's follow-up to the praised dramedy Gloria is the story of a transgender woman dealing with the death of her partner and the judgment of his family.

A Fantastic Woman premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where the movie won the Teddy Award, which honors LGBT-themed films, as well as a Silver Bear for best script. 

Newcomer transgender star Daniela Vega was also spotlighted by THR as one of Berlinale's breakout talents.

Lelio has just premiered his English-language debut Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier this year, he was reportedly writing an as-yet-untitled U.S. adaptation of his 2013 Berlinale entry Gloria to star Julianne Moore, a move that has him following the steps of fellow Chilean filmmaker/producer Pablo Larrain, who made the jump to Hollywood last year with Jackie.

One of the producers of A Fantastic Woman through his company Fabula, Larrain was also responsible for Chile's first foreign-language Oscar nomination in 2013 with his own Gael Garcia Bernal-starrer, No.

The country's first-ever Oscar win came in 2016 with the animated short Bear Story, directed by Gabriel Osorio. 

A Fantastic Woman has been bought by Sony Pictures Classics for the U.S.