A film by Sebastián Lelio. "A Fantastic Woman" won the Oscar 2018 for The Best Foreign Language Film. "A Fantastic Woman" celebrated its world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017 and won the Silver Bear Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award

Year  2016

Length: 104 min

Format:   1:2.39

Country of production  CHL, USA, GER, ESP

Intro | Synopsis

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future.
Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company.
After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.
Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando.
Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion.
So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.


Participant Media (USA) presents a Fabula (Chile) production, in co-production with Komplizen Film (Germany), Muchas Gracias (Chile), Setembro Cine (Spain) and ZDF/Arte, funded by Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y Las Artes, Corfo, Ibermedia, Medienboard, FFA and DFFF.


Marina Vidal

Daniela Vega

Orlando Onetto

Francisco Reyes


Directed by

Sebastián Lelio


Sebastián Lelio

Gonzalo Maza

Director of Photography

Benjamín Echazarreta


Soledad Salfate

Production Design 

Estefanía Larraín

Costume Design 

Muriel Parra

Sound Designer

Tina Laschke

Original Music

Matthew Herbert

Line producer

Eduardo Castro

Executive Producers

Jeff Skoll

Jonathan King

Rocío Jadue Z.

Mariane Hartard

Ben von Dobeneck


Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)

Fernanda del Nido (Setembro Cine)


Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza (Fabula)


Berlinale 2017

Competition - Silver Bear Best Screenplay and Teddy Award

Festival du Film de Cabourg

Winner Grand Prix (Best Film) & Prix de la Jeunesse (Youth Award)

Lima International Film Festival

Winner Special July Prize and Best Actress

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Latin American Best Mercosur Feature Film

Fenix Ibero-American Awards

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Fipresci Jury Award: Best Actress in a Foreign Language

Film Independent Spirit Award

Nominated for Best International Film

Goya Awards

Best Iberoamerican Film

Oscars 2018

Best Foreign Language Film

Platino Awards

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actress - Daniela Vega


Berlinale Competition

Transilvania International Film Festival

Biografilm Festival Bologna

Festival du Film de Cabourg

Art Film Fest

Moscow International Film Festival

T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival

Lima International Film Festival

Cine Ceara Festival Ibero-americano de Cinema

World Cinema Amsterdam Festival

Telluride Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Adana International Film Festival

Athens International Film Festival

San Sebastian International Film Festival

International Adana Film Festival

FilmEmiki Istanbul

BFI London Film Festival

Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival with Star

Busan International Film Festival

Los Cabos International Film Festival

Stockholm International Film Festival

Films from the South

Mar del Plata Film Fest

International Film Festival of India, Goa

Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb

Fenix Ibero-American Awards

Costa Rica International Film Festival

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

Kerala International Film Festival

Golden Globes

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Bengaluru International Film Festivall