CineLatino: Ema

Directed by Pablo Larraín (Chile, 2019) 

Part of the Fall 2021 CineLatino Series

September 10, 2021


EMA by Pablo Larraín | 37th Miami Film Festival


Adoptive parents Ema and Gastón are artistic free spirits in a contemporary dance troupe whose lives are thrown into chaos when their adopted son Polo is involved in a shockingly violent incident. As their marriage crumbles in the wake of their decision to reverse the adoption, 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 a woman on fire, the story of an artistic temperament forced to contend with societal pressure and the urge to conform. From one of Chile’s greatest living filmmakers, Pablo Larraín, this is a psychologically acute exhumation an unforgettable heroine who is determined to move freely through the world, as she ignites everyone and everything around her. 102 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“Pablo Larraín proves a master rug-puller.” — Xan Brooks, The Guardian

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.