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Ema

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Overview

Adoptive parents Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic free spirits in an experimental dance troupe whose lives are thrown into chaos when their son Polo is involved in a shocking incident. As her marriage crumbles in the wake of their decision to abandon the child, Ema embarks on an odyssey of liberation and self-discovery as she dances and seduces her way into a daring new life. Centering on the sinuous, electrifying art of reggaeton dance, Ema is an incendiary portrait of an artistic temperament forced to contend with societal pressure and the urge to conform. From world-class director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) comes another psychologically acute exhumation of Latin American life featuring an unforgettable heroine who is determined to move freely through the world as she electrifies everyone and everything around her.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Spotlight Section - 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Official Selection - 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection - 2019 Venice International Film Festival

Critic's Pick “One of the year’s most dynamic and electrifying films.”

David Ehrlich

IndieWire

Cast & Crew
  • Ema : Mariana Di Girolamo
  • Gastón : Gael García Bernal
  • Raquel : Paola Giannini
  • Aníbal : Santiago Cabrera
  • Polo : Cristián Suárez
  • Director : Pablo Larraín
  • Scriptwriters : Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Moreno
  • Director of Photography : Sergio Armstrong (ADFCH)
  • Editor : Sebastián Sepúlveda
  • Music Composition : Nicolas Jaar
  • Production Designer : Estefanía Larraín
  • Choreographer : José Vidal
  • Costume Designers : Muriel Parra, Felipe Criado
  • Makeup and Hair Artist : Margarita Marchi
  • Sound Designer : Roberto Espinoza
  • Executive Producers : Rocío Jadue, Mariane Hartard
  • Associate Producers : Paula Kraushaar, Catalina Adoni, Alfredo Adoni
  • Producer : Juan De Dios Larraín
  • Production Company : Fabula
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2019
  • Release Date : 8/13/2021
  • Countries of Production : Chile
  • Languages : Spanish with English subtitles
  • Running Time : 107 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.39:1
  • Sound : Dolby Atmos
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R
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08/13/2021
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08/17/2021
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08/27/2021
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09/10/2021
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