White-haired, flexible Ema kindles a fire everywhere she appears; she seduces and destroys, dangerously approaches and retreats imperceptibly. The blaze that Pablo Larraín's new movie kindles on screen begins with a controversial decision by Ema and her husband Gaston who decide to give up their adopted son as the boy has become aggressive and dangerous. The spouses end up blaming each other for abandoning the child, leading to the breakdown of their relationship, but also the implosion of the dance group in which Gaston works as a choreographer and Ema as a dancer. Ema hits the energetically colorful streets of Valparaiso with her friends to dance the sexual, sensual, but also violent and aggressive reggaeton. It is a rebellion against her former life and old order of stuffy theater rehearsals, polite dance steps and traditional family structure in favor of independently forging her own choreography of being where desire does not have to be binary, women can rewrite their own roles, and kinship need not determine family. Larraín's improvised film is also a manifesto of new cinema in a time of crisis, which breaks with classic narrative, listens to the rhythm of life to learn the language of the new generation. And instead of telling stories - it dances.
Venice IFF 2019 - UNIMED Award
Pablo Larraín is a Chilean director and screenwriter born in 1976 in Santiago. He studied Audiovisual Communication at the University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communication. Together with his brother, Juan de Dios Larraín, he founded Fábula, which is currently one of the most interesting centers of artistic cinema with productions that include 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) dir. Abel Ferrara, Gloria (2012) and A Fantastic Woman (2017) dir. Sebastián Lelio, and Crystal Fairy (2013) dir. Sebastián Silva. He wrote the screenplays for the unintended trilogy devoted to Chile under Pinochet (Tony Manero, Post Mortem, No), as well as for the biopics Neruda and Jackie, the latter of which is the director's English-language debut. He is also the winner of the Silver Bear at Berlinale as well as awards for best script at the Mar del Plata festival for his screenplay of The Club that stigmatizes pedophilia in the Church. His latest film, Ema, premiered at the Venice Festival.
2008 Tony Manero
2010 Post mortem
2011 Prófugos (co-dir., TV series)
2012 Nie / No
2015 Klub / El Club