Two of the films screened at Stockfish Film Festival this year were just nominated for an Oscar. The Chilean film A Fantastic Woman and the Russian film Loveless are both nominated as ‘The best foreign film’,
A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) tells of Marina, a twentysomething waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older partner Orlando despite the difference in their ages. When Orlando unexpectedly dies, Marina, who is transgender, faces discrimination and hostility from both Orlando’s family and government officials while also contending with her devastating grief.
A Fantastic Woman is a touching and a harrowing film from the award-winning director Sebastián Lelio and has the lead actress Daniela Vega been praised for her acting, but she is a transgender herself.
Loveless (Nelyubov) has previously been announced at the festival. The film is about a married couple that is going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. They are impatient to start their new lives again even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.
The director’s (Andrey Zvyaginstev) last film Levitian was very well received and won awards. Loveless is no less praised and won the film the jury price in Cannes and was nominated for an Golden Globe as the best foreign film.