L’artiste & son modèle

In cinemas from 13th March 2015

FILMED IN CERET

Places des Neuf Jets went back in time to 1943  under the German occupation.
Jean Rochefort is the painter, his young nude model is Spanish actress Aida Folch, and the artist’s wife is a dazzling Claudia Cardinale.

L’artiste & son modèle

 

Film by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, filmed partly in Céret and the surrounding area  from 12th to 24th September 2011

Based on a true story, the Artist and the Mode  stars Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch and Claudia Cardinale.

Set in 1943 occupied France, the story tells of an ageing hedonistic painter of female nudes and his relationship with beauty and  beautiful women.

Summer of 1943. Not far away from the Spanish border, an old but famous sculptor lives peacefully with his wife. But he is tired. Tired of life and wars.

He finds the desire to work again and create his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking on his door after escaping a Nazi concentration camp. She becomes his muse and he finds the motivation to work again.

Model and artist, while working, speak with simplicity and honesty of everything that surrounds them: life and death, the injustice of the war, youth and old age, the search for beauty in times of horror, the meaning and the need of art…

Fernando Trueba, director, screenwriter, writer, and music producer,  won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with Belle Époque in 1994, three Goya Awards (the equivalent of the Spanish Academy Awards), 2 Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.

Interviewed about ‘L’artiste et son modele’ he said: The issue of The Artist and the Model is a frequent subject of modern art. Picasso and Matisse have been some of his most assiduous frequenters. It was not a narcissistic exercise, it was an issue that went beyond mere self-portrait. My film is intended as a variation on this theme

Various dates have been given for its première, from September 2012 to  March 2013, so keep an eye out.

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