Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

Ema

1 screenings

31 JUL 2020 — Film

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Duration

102 minutes/CinemaScope

Restrictions

R16 Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity

Chile 2019
In Spanish with English subtitles

Few films in recent memory have blazed a trail as passionately as Pablo Larraín’s Ema, which signals the director’s return to the present and his native Chile via the incandescent city of Valparaíso.  

Virtual unknown Mariana Di Girolamo, in a star turn you won’t be able to take your eyes off, plays the titular dancer, mother and pyro-lover impervious to social norms. On a quest to reclaim her adopted son Polo, whose absence explains her deteriorating marriage to choreographer Gastón (Gael García Bernal), Ema sets out on a path of deliberate resistance, embracing the orgasmic street movement of reggaeton and embarking on a fluid succession of relationships with people of all genders in her orbit. For reasons that don’t need explaining, she also owns a flamethrower and rejoices in burning shit down – a none-too-subtle metaphor for her relentless pursuit of catharsis and the film’s white-hot energy through which creative and sexual expression bursts forth.

Every bit the firecracker that had critics in Venice, where it premiered, clamouring for superlatives, Larraín’s film is visually stunning, fuelled with combustible symbolism and physicality, and a genuine war cry for dancers, lovers and the matriarchy everywhere. — Tim Wong

Presented in association with George FM.

Credits

Pablo Larraín

Director

Juan De Dios Larraín

Producer

Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Moreno

Screenplay

Sergio Armstrong (ADFCH)

Photography

Sebastián Sepúlveda

Editor

Estefanía Larraín

Production Designer

Muriel Parra, Felipe Criado

Costume Designers

Nicolas Jaar Production

Music

With

Mariana Di Girolamo

Ema

Gael García Bernal

Gastón

Paola Giannini

Raquel

Santiago Cabrera

Aníbal

Cristián Suárez

Polo

Festival

Toronto 2019

Venice 2019

Dates &
Times.

Fri 31 Jul 8:45 PM

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Tickets.

Adult $18.50

Student $15.50

Senior $12.50

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[Ema] pulsate[s] with rambunctious, unbridled energy… A bold, ambitious work, graced by a towering performance by Di Girolamo, who dances through it with an irresistible and intoxicating aura.
Leonardo Goi, Mubi Notebook

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