Ema

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Ema

Pablo Larraín
Chile, 2019
Features, 102min, OmeU

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Ema

Pablo Larraín
Chile, 2019
Features, 102min, OmeU

Mon
28
Oct 19
20:45
Gartenbaukino
Sat
02
Nov 19
23:15
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Maria Di Girolamo
Ema
Gael García Bernal
Gastón
Santiago Cabrera
Josefna Fiebelkorn
Screenplay: 
Guillermo Calderón
Alejandro Moreno
Camera: 
Sergio Armstrong
Editor: 
Sebastián Sepúlveda
Composer: 
Nicolas Jaar
Decoration: 
Estefania Larrain
Costume: 
Felipe Criado

Production: 
Fabula
World Sales: 
The Match Factory
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

The latest from versatile Chilean director Pablo Larraín is at once a devious psychological thriller, a visually expressionistic hymn to female agency and sexual lawlessness, and a flamboyant reggaeton dance musical. Maria Di Girolamo plays Ema, a young woman dedicated to dance, who performs in the experimental troupe run by her choreographer husband Gastón. But Ema’s fascination with fire had a disastrous effect on Polo, the young boy she and Gastón adopted previously, and having lost him, they now want the child back. How Ema goes about retrieving Polo involves a complex strategy of seduction, as well as ample use of a flamethrower – both for narrative purposes and as a figure of this woman’s explosive energy and fearsome will. Visually extravagant and sexually intense, the film is driven by the dynamism of reggaeton – both the music and the dance style, Ema’s favoured mode of self-expression (and the subject of an inspired rant by Gastón). Larraín’s regular cinematographer Sergio Armstrong creates a dazzling portrait of street life in the city of Valparaíso, and Di Girolamo’s formidable lead performance is by turns alluring and unnerving – a portrait of a woman on fire. (Jonathan Romney)

Pablo Larraín: FUGA (2006), TONY MANERO (2008), POST MORTEM (2010), NO (2012), VENICE 70: FUTURE RELOADED (2013, K, Ko-Regie), PRÓFUGOS (2011-, TV-Serie), EL CLUB (2015), NERUDA (2016), JACKIE (2016)