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Cranleigh Film Club – October 2019

Cranleigh Film Club is showing A Fantastic Woman (15) on Thursday 31 October starting at 7.30pm; doors open at 7.00pm. As usual our film will be shown in the Band Room, GU6 8AF, and there is ample parking in the adjacent Village Way car park.

Refreshments are available.

A Fantastic Woman (15)

“Another resilient female refuses to live her life according to others’ demands,” Guardian. Written and directed by a Chilean director, Sebastian Lelio, this is a story of a woman struggling for her place in the world. Somewhere in a Santiago nightclub Orlando, the kindly owner of a textile company, locks eyes with Marina, a hopeful singer and the roughly half-his-age love of his life. Marina, like the actor who plays her, is a transgender woman. Shortly afterwards her life is thrown into turmoil by Orlando’s sudden death. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny, fighting family and society who have no regard to her privacy or her feelings.”

Actor Daniela Vega, herself transgender, started on the film as consultant and the director decided to entrust her with the role. The music is by British electronic musician Matthew Herbert: Vega sings on the soundtrack herself. In 2015 Cranleigh Film Club showed Lelio’s Gloria, a comedy in which a divorcee struggling to assert her identity treats herself to the Santiago singles circuit. “That film also is about the low-level battle to exist,” Guardian. Vega explained, “I incorporated a lot of resilience into the character. When I discovered I was a woman and I wanted to share it, I discovered that women have an enormous capacity for resilience. I gave her endurance and courage so she would stay dignified.” The film gained 18 award wins plus 12 nominations.

“Imagine Cyd Charisse poured into the body of Gene Kelly and you’ll have an inkling why this 28-year-old is the subject of so much hooplah. She can act. She can sing (lounge-bar ditties, Handel arias). Her body seems permanently ready to dance. It’s very sexy. And very playful. A well-deserved Oscar,” Evening Standard. “Brilliant: a richly humane, moving study of someone keeping alive the memory and the fact of love. As gripping as any crime thriller. The emotional and political issues at stake turn on the adjective in the title,” Guardian. “An exquisite melodrama about the extremes of love and grief,” Times.

Come and join us!

Membership costs £30 per year, covering all 12 films. To join please email your details to the Membership Secretary, Sara Lock at . We make a £5 charge for guests at each film. Do come along and enjoy the atmosphere!

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