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SPECIAL PRESENTATION SAT 7 THU 12 21:30 OLS 14:15 OLS DARK RIVER 22 BFI FLARE SPECIAL PRESENTATION FRI 6* TUE 10 21:30 OLS 14:40 OLS SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS A FANTASTIC WOMAN UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA Dir Sebastián Lelio. Prod Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Scr Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera. Chile-Germany- Spain 2017. 104min. UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye When her lover Orlando dies suddenly one night, Marina (Daniela Vega) is left in a state of shock. But nothing can prepare her for what follows. Still raw with grief, the singer and waitress must navigate the horrors of recounting the night to Orlando’s family, whose responses to the fact that she’s a transwoman range from frosty to scabrous and even hostile. It seems love and cohabitation count for little and Marina must fight for her rights, her home and even custody of her dog, while the police only offer a new set of humiliations. Director Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria gave us the ultimate freespirited 50-something woman. Now, working with filmmaker-producers Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and Pablo Larraín (Jackie), Lelio proves himself a successor to Almodóvar as an explorer of femalecentred, emotionally intelligent terrain, which also celebrates the tender and downright sexy relationship that Marina and Orlando shared. Marina, thanks to Vega’s absolute knockout performance, is a vision of resistance: making her defiant way through the aftermath, battling transphobia and getting shit done. This avowedly queer provocation is essential arthouse cinema and likely to tear the roof off the LFF. Kate Taylor Following the death of their father, two siblings struggle to come to terms with their inheritance in Clio Barnard’s searing, eloquent response to Rose Tremain’s Trespass. Fiercely holding on to a promise made long-ago, independently-minded Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home for the first time in 15 years to claim the family farm. Her grieving brother Joe (Mark Stanley) has spent years looking after their father (Sean Bean) and has scarcely kept the property afloat. Estranged for so long they can barely communicate, Alice soon incurs her brother’s wrath when she claims legal tenancy. As tensions mount, troubling memories surface and the real reason for her prolonged absence is revealed. One of contemporary British cinema’s most distinctive filmmakers, Barnard follows The Selfish Giant (LFF2013) and Sutherland Award-winner The Arbor (LFF2010) with another emotionally raw, Yorkshire-set drama. Her expressive use of landscape and Adriano Goldman’s haunting camerawork amplify two commanding performances, Wilson’s displaying all the power and vulnerability so evident in her recent TV (The Affair) and stage (Hedda Gabler) work, with Stanley (Game of Thrones) equally compelling as a man who has squandered his life in denial of the past. Clare Stewart Dir-Scr Clio Barnard. Prod Tracy O’Riordan. With Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Esmé Creed-Miles, Joe Dempsie, Sean Bean. UK 2017. 89min. UK Distribution Arrow Films BRITISH * BSL Buy tickets bfi.org.uk/lff 020 7928 3232 (10:00 – 20:30 daily)


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