BOFA festival 2018 to screen romances of all genders

Daniela Vega in A Fantastic Woman. Picture: Supplied
Daniela Vega in A Fantastic Woman. Picture: Supplied

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Over its eight year history, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air film festival has always supported and screened films dealing with gender identity and other LGBTI issues.

A highlight of BOFA 2018 will be A Fantastic Woman, the critically acclaimed film from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio ,which this year won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Fantastic Woman is built around a mesmerising performance from transsexual actor Daniela Vega, playing Marina, a young transsexual waitress and aspiring singer.

Marina has finally found happiness with Orlando, a man 20 years her senior.

They plan to marry but Orlando’s sudden death leaves Marina to face Orlando’s family, who see her sexual identity as an aberration and a perversion.

Against the forces she has battled all her life, she emerges complex, strong and forthright.... a fantastic woman.

Also screening at the festival is God’s Own Country, a remarkable debut feature from British director Francis Lee, which won him the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival.

The BOFA festival will screen 30 of the world’s best features and documentaries from May 17 to 20 at the Village Cinema Complex in Launceston.

For full details of the 2018 BOFA program, go to the BOFA website breath-of-fresh-air.com.au. Bookings are now open at the Village Cinema.