Dedham Film festival

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2 - 17 October 2015


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Séraphine (2008)

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Date: Sunday 1st September

Time: 2.00 pm

Location: The Duchy Barn

Event Duration: 120 min inc interval

Certificate 12

Price: £4.00

A beautiful drama based on the life of little know French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

In 1914, Wilhelm Uhde, a famous German art collector, rents an apartment in the town of Senlis, forty kilometres away from Paris, in order to write and to take a rest from the hectic life he has been living in the capital. The cleaning lady is a rather rough-and-ready forty-year-old drudge, who is the laughing stock of others in the village. Driven by poverty she uses natural materials as the pigments for her paints.

One day, Wilhelm who has been invited by his landlady, notices a small but interesting painting lying in her living room.  He is stunned to learn that the artist is no other than his cleaner, Séraphine.  Yolande Moreau is masterful, and edgy in the leading roll, winning Best Actress Awards at ten International Film Festivals.

"Ms. Moreau’s performance, is passionate, humorous and heartbreaking".  O A Scott New York Times 1.v.08.   

Directed by Martin Priovost  Winner of seven 2008 French Cesar Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Female Actor, Best Music, Best Costume.  (Subtitles)