‘A Fantastic Woman’ coming to Blu-ray

“A Fantastic Woman,” the transgender drama that became the first Chilean movie to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, will be released on Blu-ray and digital May 22, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced this week.

“A Fantastic Woman” won the Oscar at last month’s 90th ceremony, where co-star Daniela Vega became the first transgender Academy Award presenter in history.

Vega plays Marina Vidal, a transgender singer who faces scorn and discrimination from society and the family of her older boyfriend, who dies suddenly.

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The film also stars Francisco Reyes (“Neruda) and Luis Gnecco (“Neruda, No).

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Vega said, “The fact that I am trans provides the script and narrative with a higher level of truth. But, more importantly, it opens a door into the movie world that had never been explored before, because I am a trans actress playing a trans woman.”

The Blu-ray features bonus material. The Making of “A Fantastic Woman” featurette spotlights performances, visuals, and directing.

Also included is audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio, who also wrote the screenplay.

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“A Fantastic Woman” also won Best International Film at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards and Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

It was named one of the Top Five Foreign Language Films by the National Board of Review.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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