Courted Chilean director Sebastien Lelio (“Gloria”) has wrapped principal photography on “A Fantastic Woman,” which is backed by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula, Participant Media and Germany’s Komplizen Film.
International sales are overseen by Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons, which handled “Gloria,” Lelio’s breakthrough movie and one of the biggest arthouse sales hits at 2013’s Berlin Film Festival, clinching best actress for star Paulina Garcia.
Produced by Fabula’s Juan de Dios Larraín (No, Gloria, Jackie) and Pablo Larraín (No, The Club, Jackie), with Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach from German banner Komplizen Film, “A Fantastic Woman” is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King for Participant.
“A Fantastic Woman” marks Participant Media’s third collaboration with Chilean powerhouse Fabula, in its most fertile Latin American relationship to date, after Gael Garcia Bernal-starrer “No,” an Academy Award nominee, and Pablo Larrain’s movie on Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, which is in post-production and shaping up as one of Latin America’s most obvious candidates for Cannes.
“Gloria” marked a move toward the mainstream for Lelio. That looks set to continue with “A Fantastic Woman,” which centers on a waitress, Marina, who moonlights as a nightclub singer and is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. Co-written with Gonzalo Maza, Lelio’s co-scribe on his last three films, “A Fantastic Woman” stars Chilean newcomer Daniela Vega in her first starring role.
“I see ‘A Fantastic Woman’ as a film of aesthetic splendor, narrative vigor, tension and emotion. I’m really excited about working with Daniela Vega, a very talented actress and singer, a force of nature, who is surrounded in the movie by some of the best Chilean actors,” Lelio said.
He added: “Participant Media, Fabula and Komplizen Film have been very respectful with what we want to achieve. It’s been a luxury and a great gift that they have believed so strongly in the film.”