Ema

  • 102'
  • Chile
  • 2019

When, after several arguments, adopted child Polo is placed with another family, power couple Gastón and Ema's relationship is put under serious pressure. This also threatens the modern dance collective they are leading members of – he is the choreographer, she the lead dancer. Platinum blonde Ema refuses to let it go, and comes up with a master plan to get Polo back. Armed with a flamethrower and helped by her best friends, she labours day and night to reunite her family.

Following Hollywood adventure Jackie, Pablo Larraín returns to his native Chile for his first contemporary feature film set in Valparaiso: an audiovisual spectacle full of intimacy and dance performance that transports us into the (night)life of a group of young adults. Sergio Armstrong's camerawork shows the smouldering streets of Valparaiso in all their glory. With a pumping ambient-reggaeton soundtrack by musician and artist Nicolas Jaar.

Director
Pablo Larraín
Country of production
Chile
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producer
Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Company
Fabula
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Guillermo Calderón, Alejandro Moreno
Cinematography
Sergio Armstrong
Editor
Sebastián Sepúlveda
Production Design
Estefanía Larraín
Sound Design
Soledad Andrade
Music
Nicolas Jaar
Cast
Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Paola Giannini, Santiago Cabrera, Giannina Fruttero, Mariana Loyola, Eduardo Paxeco
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands