Chile: 'A Fantastic Woman' Wins Oscar for Best Foreign Film

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"I can't believe this happened".

Lelio, 43, is part of a new wave of Chilean filmmakers along with Pablo Larrain, a co-producer on this film and the director of Oscar-nominated Jackie (2016).

Chile's "A Fantastic Woman", a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film. They had shared a protective bubble of bliss and tenderness that is suddenly shattered and Marina's world falls apart. But there's another issue: Marina is transgender, which just adds an extra layer to what his family considers her inappropriateness. The Guardian has called the film "a bold and a moving love story". On Sunday, she became the first openly transgender presenter at an Oscar ceremony, when she introduced a song. The role of the protagonist was played by trans actor Daniela Vega, making it a rare film as generally non-transgender actors play the role of transgenders in films.

"Thank you so much, this is an incredible gift", director Sebastián Lelio said, adding, "I want to thank the cast of the film, especially the brilliant actor Francisco Reyes and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega". He initially started working with Vega as a consultant for the film but in the process of honing the script together, Lelio realized his adviser was his star.

Vega hopes the movie will represent the global transgender community. I want to thank the cast of the film, especially the brilliant actor Francisco Reyes and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega.

Vega transitioned 14 years ago in Chile and was "a pioneer", Lelio said.

Other nominees in the category was The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

"Film should ask questions rather than deliver answers; the main goal is to shed light on something", said Lelio, who earned global acclaim for Gloria (2013), another film centered on a woman in crisis.

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