CSUN’s Women’s Research and Resource Center host “The Danish Girl” screening and Q&A

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Before the screening, Shira Brown introduced “The Danish Girl.” Ariane Azar/The Sundial

Donna Lugo

CSUN’s Women’s Research and Resource Center hosted an exclusive screening and Q&A of the film, “The Danish Girl,” with guest speakers Cadence Valentine and Trista Hidalgo Wednesday night at the University Student Union Theatre.

The Women’s Research and Resource Center greeted students with a warm welcome and free popcorn at the entrance of the USU Theatre.

Members of the Women's Research & Resource Center (WRRC), Orion Block (L), DoMonique Osborn, and Laurel Keating, hand out free brochures, pins, and popcorn to students that attending the screening. Ariane Azar/The Sundial
Members of the Women’s Research & Resource Center (WRRC), Orion Block (L), DoMonique Osborn, and Laurel Keating, hand out free brochures, pins, and popcorn to students that attending the screening. Ariane Azar/The Sundial

Directed by Tom Hooper, “The Danish Girl”, is a love story inspired by the lives of Danish artists Gerda Wegener, played by Alicia Vikander, and Einar Wegener, played by Eddie Redmayne. Gerda and Einar’s marriage, lives, and lives as artists evolve as they navigate Einar’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Students fill the USU Theater as they're getting ready to see the WRRC free screening of "The Danish Girl." Ariane Azar/The Sundial
Students fill the USU Theater as they’re getting ready to see the WRRC free screening of “The Danish Girl.” Ariane Azar/The Sundial

Cadence Valentine and Trista Hidalgo, both CSUN alumni, consulted Eddie Redmayne in his performance. Valentine embarked on her own journey as a transgender individual years ago with her life partner by her side, Hidalgo. The couple used their personal and life experiences to guide and consult Redmayne in his performance as Lili Elbe.

After the movie, Cadence Valentine (L) and Trista Hidalgo (R) did a Q&A about the film and how their experiences helped Eddie Redmayne  prepare for his role as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe. Ariane Azar/The Sundial
After the movie, Cadence Valentine (L) and Trista Hidalgo (R) did a Q&A about the film and how their experiences helped Eddie Redmayne prepare for his role as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe. Ariane Azar/The Sundial

The Q&A consisted of personal and intimate questions, life experiences from both Valentine, Hidalgo as well as the students, a discussion of the film and Redmayne’s performance over all.