Previously at the ICA - Films
31 May 2017
★★★★ 'a rare blend of subtle, sexually frank and smartly crowd-pleasing, with a drop-dead performance from Paulina García' The Telegraph
★★★★ Time Out
This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Sebastián Lelio, hosted by Maria Delgado
Possibly the most highly-praised film at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, Gloria stars Paulina García as a 58-year-old Chilean trying to make the most of her freedom as a divorcee – energetically clubbing, drinking a little too much, putting herself before her family, but inwardly hoping to find romance for perhaps one last time. Out dancing one night she meets the more recently divorced Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), who seems to share the same hunger for new life and new love – but he isn’t quite what he seems.
Subtly dominating every scene in this vibrant and compassionate film, seasoned TV and theatre actress Paulina García delivers a mesmerising performance as the titular heroine, one moment achingly vulnerable, the next confidently resilient. Sebastián Lelio’s script, co-written with regular collaborator Gonzalo Maza, also posts sly observations on Chile’s acquisitive middle classes and their moral impotence, but García’s performance alone is reason enough to see this Berlin Festival multi-award winner. As Lelio prepares a US version of Gloria, (to star Julianne Moore in the title role), we are delighted to welcome him in conversation to discuss Gloria, his new film A Fantastic Woman and future projects.
Maria Delgado is Professor & Director of Research, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
Gloria, dir. Sebastián Lelio, Chile 2013, 110 mins, Spanish with English subtitles