“Ema” is the third collaboration between filmmaker Pablo Larraín and Gael García Bernal, but the latter is hoping for many more.
“This is our third film together and I love working with him and I love his films — it’s such a pleasure,” García Bernal told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Secretly, I am always waiting for that phone call that eventually comes. It’s a great excuse to spend time together, and I’m proud of all the films we make together. This one is fantastic — I really love the exploration, the experimentation that goes on in this film. It’s something that I don’t see in cinema and it’s difficult to talk about these things.”
Larraín calls the film a “melodrama that has elements of suspense,” as well as a story about family and the contemporary world. Newcomer Mariana di Girolamo plays Ema, a free-spirited reggaeton dancer living with her husband and artistic director Gaston (García Bernal) in the coastal city of Valparaíso. Together, the couple adopted a young Colombian boy some untold amount of time ago. But the boy was trouble, and troubled — he burned Ema’s sister and stuffed a cute dog into a freezer — so the uncertain parents gave the child back.
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