SLFF - El artista y la modelo | The Artist and the Model
El artista y la modelo | The Artist and the Model
dir. Fernando Trueba
Fernando Trueba attending
(Spain, France, 105 min., 2012, Spanish, Catalan and French w/ English subtitles)
Cast: Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale
French screen legend Jean Rochefort stars in this World War II-set tale, playing an aging French sculptor who has all but resigned himself to the fact that his days of true inspiration are over. Then, a beautiful young Spanish refugee, played by Aida Folch, turns up on his doorstep -- and just like that, he has found himself a muse. "The Artist and the Model" isn't just a film about artists. It's also a film for artists. From its black-and-white images to its unapologetically old-fashioned sensibilities to its embracing of artistic nudity to its explorations of -- and fascination with -- the artistic method, it tells the kind of slow-go, character-rooted story that might test the patience of moviegoers who generally opt for movies with more robots or gun battles. But for anyone who has actually created something -- or been frustrated by their inability to find just the right inspiration -- writer-director Fernando Trueba's film stands to offer a dose of quiet resonance.
Director Fernando Trueba is a Spanish book editor, screenwriter, film director and producer. He has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with Belle Époque in 1994. Miracle of Candeal won the Goya for Best Documentary in Spain, and Chico and Rita won the Goya for Best Feature Animation in Spain, it was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards (the first time that a Spanish full-length animated film had been nominated). As a music producer he has won two Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.
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