In 1928, Virginia Woolf wrote Orlando, the first novel in which the main character changes sex in the middle of the story. A century later, trans writer and activist Paul B. Preciado decides to send a film letter to Virginia Woolf: her Orlando has come out of her fiction and is living a life she could have never imagined. Preciado organises a casting and gathers 26 contemporary trans and non-binary people, from 8 to 70 years old, who embody Orlando.


Paul B. Preciado is a writer, philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and body politics. Among his different assignments, he has been Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens), Curator of the Taiwan Pavilion in Venice in 2019, and Head of Research of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA). His books, Counter-sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press); Testo Junkie (The Feminist Press); Pornotopia (Zone Books); An Apartment in Uranus (Semiotexte and Fitzcarraldo), and Can the Monster Speak (Semiotexte and Fitzcarraldo), and Dysphoria Mundi (Grasset, Graywolf and Fitzcarraldo) are a key reference to queer, trans and non-binary contemporary art and activism. He was born in Spain and lives in Paris.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Paul B. Preciado

Written by: Paul B. Preciado

Main Producer: Yael Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez, Annie Ohayon-Dekel, Farid Rezkallah

Cinematography: Victor Zebo

Editing: Yotam Ben David

Production Design: Anna Le Mouel

Costume Design: Thomas Goudou, Caroline Spieth

Make-Up & Hair: Elsa Gendre, Océane Lathullière

Original Score: Clara Deshayes

Sound: Arno Ledoux, Olivier Goinard

Casting: Naëlle Dariya

Nominations and Awards

  • Documentary Selection 2023