Renowned writer/director Pablo Larraín’s lusciously wild eighth film, Ema, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and has since enchanted audiences worldwide.

Between elegantly choreographed performances, it is revealed that dancer Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and her husband and dance company leader, Gastón (Gael García Bernal) returned their adopted son, Polo, to child services of their small town in Valparaíso, Chile, after he set their house on fire, badly burning Ema’s sister. The couple’s agonizing decision sets off a spiral of guilt and spins the marriage into crisis as Ema and Gastón blame each other for Polo’s actions. Ema decides to fill the wedge in her soul with a flamethrower, a rebellious ode to reggaeton, and a plan to regain motherhood.

Larraín (No, 2013 Sundance Film Festival) returns with a seductive psychological exploration of a woman determined to liberate herself from societal expectations. Ema redesigns her life and her home on her own terms, with fluidity and fearless freedom, igniting everyone and everything around her—and what burns in the complicated vertical labyrinth of Valparaíso can never be rebuilt.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Spotlight


RUN TIME 107 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY The Match Factory

WEBSITE https://www.the-match-factory.com/

EMAIL info@matchfactory.de

PHONE +49 221 5397090


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Artist Bio

Pablo Larraín

Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is one of Chile's foremost directors and a major producer through his production company, Fabula. Ema is the director’s eighth feature film, following successes such as the Academy Award–nominated films No (2012) and Jackie (2016), as well as the Golden Globe–nominated films for Best Foreign Language Film Neruda (2016) and The Club (2015).