Mixing Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing in advance what will be screened and are among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests – destined to start conversations before the films ever come out.
Films are personally selected by Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson, the nationally recognized film critic whose signature guarantees quality selections from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. The selection may be an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit.
A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio which was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. Marina is a trans-woman, and for most of Orlando’s family, her gender identity is an aberration, a perversion. Marina struggles for the right to be herself.
The evening’s host is Stanna-Michelle Slater, a Scottsdale attorney-activist whose practice focuses on civil litigation, estate planning and public-policy advocacy to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.