Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard.
Director Tom Hooper calls 2015 ‘the tipping point’ for transgender rights, citing the critical raves won for actor Eddie Redmayne’s role as a young man in 1920s Denmark who follows his inner knowledge that he is meant to live as a woman. Last year’s Best Actor Oscar winner for The Theory of Everything, Redmayne gives a subtle performance as Einar Wegene, one of the first individuals to undergo sexual confirmation surgery. The film opens with Einar married to a fellow artist, played by the talented Alicia Vikander. As Einar transitions to Lili, the couple’s love for each other – and their shaky place in society – comes under threat.
“As in The Danish Girl, in our country the side of pride is gaining ground, the shaming voices are dwindling in volume and influence, but the struggle is far from over.” Dana Stevens, Slate.
(UK/Germany/US, 2015) Director: Tom Hooper. Screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the book by David Ebershoff. 120 min.