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.
SEBASTIÁN LELIO is a Chilean film director and screenwriter. His first feature film, LA SAGRADA FAMILIA (2006) premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival and received several awards and worldwide recognition. NAVIDAD was written with the support of the Cannes Film Festival Residence and premiered in the 2009 Directors' Fortnight section. EL AÑO DEL TIGRE was presented at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship grant and received the support of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.
Lelio's fourth feature film, the internationally acclaimed GLORIA, obtained a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. GLORIA represented Chile for the Academy Awards and Goya Awards. The National Board of Review chose it as one of the year's five best films and it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film.
A FANTASTIC WOMAN, was supported by Berlinale's Residency. The film is co-produced by Fabula (Chile), Participant Media (USA), Komplizen Film (Germany), Muchas Gracias (Chile) and Setembro Cine (Spain).
Lelio is currently filming his first English-speaking feature film, DISOBEDIENCE, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
DANIELA VEGA is a Chilean actress and singer who has worked in cinema, theater, and music. She has participated in films, video clips, plays and musical collaborations with other national artists. In 2011 she landed a leading actress role in the Gabinete play, LA MUJER MARIPOSA, BIODRAMA DE UNA TRANSFIGURACIÓN (THE BUTTERFLY WOMAN, BIODRAMA OF A TRANSFIGURATION), directed by Martín de La Parra. She continued this role for four seasons from 2011 to 2014.
In 2014, Vega designed and executed make-up and wardrobe for the play PELIKANEN, LA NECESIDAD NO TIENE LEY (PELIKANEN, NEED KNOWS NO LAW), directed by Fabiolla Olivares and landed a starring role in the Chico Trujillo video clip, CHATITO, directed by Germán Bobe.
Vega continued to build her career with lead starring roles in MARIA, MIGRANTE (where she also sang). Recently, her vocals have been featured in a video clip of the Chilean band "Artica & Las Magnéticas"
Daniela Vega recently received the Best Actress award at the Marseille International Film Festival for her role as Marina in A FANTASTIC WOMAN.