Sebastián Lelio and Fernando Pérez to Premiere New Films at the Berlinale

A Fantastic Woman  by Sebastián Lelio

A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first titles for the its 67th edition, which includes the world premiere of the new film by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio in the official competition, and the international premiere of the the most recent production by Cuban director Fernando Pérez in the Berlinale Special section.

After the successful premiere of Gloria few years ago, Lelio returns to the German competition with the drama Una Mujer Fantástica / A Fantastic Woman starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, and Amparo Noguera. The film follows a young waitress trying to make a living moonlighting as a nightclub singer who becomes more vulnerable than ever after the sudden death of her older boyfriend. 

Pérez will be participating with his eight feature film Últimos días en La Habana / Last Days in Havana, starring Patricio Wood, Jorge Martínez, Coralia Veloz, Gabriela Ramos and Yailene Sierra. The film tells the story of a friendship in a city on the verge of substantial change. The lead characters are two friends in their mid-forties who are neighbors in downtown Havana: Miguel, a dishwasher in a restaurant, who dreams of settling in New York while he waits for a visa that never seems to arrive, and Diego, a HIV-positive homosexual man who puts his dreams and cheerfulness to good use in his struggle to carry on enjoying every single day of his life from a rickety old bed in his small bedroom. 

The 67th edition of the Berlin Film Festival will take place February 9-19.