Producer’s Film Picks for January 2016
Theme: In the prison of her skin.
This month we look at the movie renditions of three exceptional 20th century women involved in the arts. One was a painter, one a writer and one a photographer. All touched the sensibilities of their times with bold self reflective expressions, yet all were tragic figures in their own personal lives. Tortured and stained they moved forward contemporary culture. Caught in the prison of their own skin, they still held up mirrors that darkly revealed new boundaries to the modern identity.
THE DANISH GIRL (2015)
Directed by Tom Hooper @ 120 minutes
The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, & Adrian Schiller.
Synopsis: This is a unique love story between Dutch painter, Einar Wegener, & his wife, Greta, who is also an artist. In 1931, he became the first man to have a sex change operation. His wife was wonderfully understanding, & she encouraged him on his transgender journey.
Peter Debruge, of VARIETY, wrote: “This is destined to be the year’s most talked about arthouse phenomenon”.
Directed by Martin Provost @ 139 minutes.
The film stars Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, & Olivier Py.
Synopsis: This is a Bio-Pic about Violette Leduc, a struggling writer during WWII in Normandy. After the war she moved to Paris where she met Simone de Beavior & Jean Genet. The relationship between the two women blossomed, & lasted for the rest of their lives. Leduc’s intense & frank writings about lesbianism & feminism were shocking for their time.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (2013)
Director Charlie Siskel & John Maloof @ 83 minutes.
Synopsis: This is a marvelous documentary about Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny who loved street photography, & took over 100,000 photos that she never showed to anyone. Maloof bought her work by chance at an auction, & published the images, putting her in the deserved limelight.
THE DANISH GIRL is already open at the Grand Cinema.
VIOLETTE will screen at CSL on this Friday, January 8, 2016.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER will screen at CSL on Wednesday,
January 13, 2016.
THE GRAND CINEMA is located at 606 S. Fawcett Avenue inTacoma, in the Merlino building.
The CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING (CSL) is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J.