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“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.
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.
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