Madeleine Tsanis

San Sebastián, Sep 22 (EFE).- Oscar winner for ‘A Fantastic Woman’ (2017), the Chilean Sebastián Lelio has recruited the actress of the moment, Florence Pugh, for ‘The Wonder’, a film by time that the director sees in it a warning “against fanaticism” in today’s society.

Based on a novel by Emma Donoghue, the film presented this Thursday in competition in San Sebastián, confronts science and faith without denying any option. In Lelio’s words, it is a “yes to spiritual need and yes to intellectual need”, while defending “the capacity to adapt” and positioning itself “against fanaticism and rigid positions”.

“It says a lot about today’s society,” said the filmmaker, who said he was “disappointed” with the recent referendum rejection of Chile’s new constitution but “excited” about the process, which he compared to the creation of “a collective narrative”.

“Personally, I would have preferred it to be approved, but the good news is that the constituent process is continuing,” he stressed while expressing his “respect” for the Chilean people.

“We have to listen, there is no way these processes are clean, they are full of the worst of us, but surely we will find a text that brings us together and has the ability to unite us,” he said. he concluded.

The story of “The Wonder” is set in the Irish region of the Midlands in 1862. An English nurse (Pugh) is recruited to observe an 11-year-old girl who remains alive despite months without food and elucidate if there is trick or is it a real miracle, as they believe in the village.

“The nurse’s obsession with understanding the mechanics of this miracle or prank becomes something that catches up with her,” Lelio explained. But what shakes him is not to discover this mechanism but the reason behind it and it is “devastating”.

Lelio began to get noticed internationally with his fourth solo feature, “Gloria” (2013), which won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale (for Paulina García) and which the Chilean directed. -even an American version in 2018 with Julianne Moore.

With ‘A Fantastic Woman’, which revolves around a transgender woman, it won Best Screenplay at Berlin and made history as the first Chilean film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. .

Despite the apparent distance between this film and “The Wonder”, Lelio highlighted the parallels. “I got very close to the two main characters of “La Merveille”, I found the relationship that is created between them unusual and very attractive, the mutual fascination, the love and the need to save each other”.

“It’s not that different from ‘A Fantasy Woman,’ because it’s also about female bodies in conflict over different social forces and women taking a different path to social mandate, in this case the one represented by a group of notable men.”

He also commented on the opening and closing of the film, where he shows the artifice of the shooting, what is behind it. “We wanted to show that the film itself is part of the problem as a discourse, to expose the mechanisms of fiction”, he said because “everything is history and ‘storytelling’ is not only entertainment is also politics”.

Florence Pugh did not go to San Sebastian to present the film, since she is shooting the second part of “Dune”.

The protagonist of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Macbeth” (2016) and “Little Women” (2019) has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks due to her disagreement with director Olivia Wilde during the filming and promotion of ” No don’t worry my darling”, presented at the last Venice Film Festival.

“The Wonder” hits theaters on November 16 before streaming on Netflix.

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