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Ema
Original title:
Ema
Slovenian title:
Ema
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
Chile, 2019
Length:
102
Directed by:
Pablo Larrain
Screenplay:
Guillermo Calderón, Alejandro Moreno
Cinematography:
Sergio Armstrong
Music:
Nicolas Jaar
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Mariana Di Girolamo (Ema), Gael Garcia Bernal (Gaston), Paola Giannini (Raquel), Santiago Cabrera (Anibal), Cristian Suarez (Polo), Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero, Antonia Giesen, Susana Hidalgo, Paula Hofmann, Mariana Loyola, Paula Luchsinger, Eduardo Paxeco, Catalina Saavedra
Awards:
Venice 2018

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Description:
A psychologically acute and visually daring portrayal of Latin American life, Ema features an unforgettable heroine who is determined to come to terms with traumatic events by throwing herself into her one true love - dance.
Adoptive parents Ema and Gastón are artistic free spirits in an experimental dance troupe whose lives are thrown into chaos when their son Polo is involved in a shockingly violent incident. As her marriage crumbles in the wake of their decision to abandon the child, Ema embarks on an odyssey of liberation and self-discovery as she dances and seduces her way into a daring new life. Centring on the sinuous, electrifying art of reggaeton dance, Ema is an incendiary portrait of a lady on fire, the story of an artistic temperament forced to contend with societal pressure and the urge to conform.

"Ema is a paradigm: she's a character of characters. Daughter, mother, sister, wife, lover and leader. She's very powerful and presents a striking, beautiful sort of femininity. She's motivated by relentless individualism, as she clearly knows what she wants and is capable of seducing those around her in order to line up her destiny. She wants to be a mother and have a family; perhaps what moves and motivates her the most is love." (Pablo Larraín)