Pablo Larraín

Chile, 2019 / 102 min / Spanish OV with English or French & Dutch subt. / drama, music, dance

A dancer undertakes a strange, secret and risky quest to start a new life for her and her family.

Ema, a talented young dancer with roots in the carnal grooves of reggaetón, has forged a career in a modern cerebral dance ensemble led by her husband, Gastón. When she dances on the streets of Valparaíso, she forgets all about her worries. Ema’s private life, however, is shaken by a terrible crisis: ever since her adoptive son Polo set fire to her house and severely injured her sister, her relationship with her capricious husband no longer feels right. With her child taken from her, her marriage is beginning to collapse. Ema embarks on a wild odyssey through the city in search of personal liberation – perhaps even the beginning of a new life – without the constant feel of guilt. Meanwhile, she comes up with a secret plan to save all that she has lost.

“Chilean master director Pablo Larraín delivers a drama about guilt and the intoxication of movement that vibrates with humour, tragedy and eroticism.” Zurich Film Festival

Sat 07/03 19:00 Cinémathèque ES OV with EN subt. Public
Sun 08/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia ES OV with FR & NL subt. Public
Fri 13/03 10:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg ES OV with FR & NL subt. Public

“Pablo Larraín’s wild and bizarre dance drama is one of the year’s most electrifying movies. An anarchic, liberated, and contagiously alive character study that feels like it was born out of a three-way between Amélie, Oldboy, and Gaspar Noé before maturing into a force of nature all its own […] This isn’t a sad-faced social drama about an unprepared mother who throws herself at the mercy of the courts and promises to reform her wicked ways, this is a feral and deliriously non-conformist riot of sex and rage; it’s the spray-painted portrait of a torrential young woman who refuses to water herself down. […] Without any feminist platitudes, but tons of collateral damage, Ema is going to remake the world in her own image, and Di Girolamo’s combustible performance leaves no doubt that she’s able to do just that.” David Ehrlich, IndieWire, 31/08/19

Ema was directed by Pablo Larraín, one of the finest filmmakers to emerge in this young century. […] Ema is Larraín at his most freeform.” Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage, 11/09/19

  • Art Cinema Network of Slovenia Award, Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2019 (Slovenia)
  • UNIMED Award, Venice International Film Festival, 2019 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Paolo Giannini, Santiago Cabrera, Cristian Suárez, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero
Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Moreno
Sergio Armstrong
Roberto Espinoza
Estefania Larraín
Nicolás Jaar

Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is one of Chile's best-known directors as well as a major producer through his production company Fabula. After studying audiovisual communication at Santiago’s University for the Arts, Sciences and Communication, Pablo Larraín turns to filmmaking and goes on to direct eight feature films, including the Oscar-nominated features No (2012) and Jackie (2016). For No, he also won the Art Cinema Award as Best Director in Cannes. His films are straightforward, generally aggressive and interspersed with violence, painting a hard-hitting portrait of Chile. In 2017, Pablo Larraín and his brother Juan de Dios produce Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman which won the first Chilean Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • 2019 – Ema
  • 2016 – Jackie
  • 2016 – Neruda
  • 2015 – El Club
  • 2013 – Prófugos (26 épisodes de la série TV / 26 episodes of the TV series / 26 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2012 – No
  • 2010 – Post Mortem
  • 2008 – Tony Manero
  • 2006 – Fuga