Séraphine (France/Belgium, Provost, 2008)
A poignant and visually intriguing exploration of the mysteries of art-making, the film is based on the true story of outsider artist Séraphine Louis, aka Séraphine de Senlis (l864-1942), who began to paint at age 41, while working as a housecleaner and laundress. Disdained by her employers and living in a rented room, Séraphine spent her free time assembling her palette from animal blood, herbs, wildflowers and grasses, and painting by candlelight. When a prominent German art critic saw her work, he recognized and supported her genius. The narrative continues with unexpected twists and turns. In the words of the director, “She was a free woman above all.” The film won four French Academy awards (Césars), including Best Film of 2008.
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
PSC-CUNY Union Hall