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The Artist and the Model

El artista y la Modelo

Spain | 2012 | 105 minutes | Fernando Trueba

In the summer of 1943, an aging sculptor (the legendary Jean Rochefort) in occupied France experiences a creative rebirth when a young Spanish refugee becomes his muse. Nominated for 13 Goya Awards.

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When Mercè, a beautiful young refugee escaping General Francisco Franco's Spain, is offered shelter by Lea, an elderly woman in German-occupied France, she sparks a creative rebirth in Lea's husband, an aging sculptor named Marc Cros. After years of artistic drought and cynicism about life, Cros, portrayed by celebrated actor Jean Rochefort, finds in Mercè both a partner in genuine friendship and a muse to inspire his final work. As Cros shares his creative passion with Mercè, she in turn offers passion for life. The Artist and the Model is a powerful contemplation of art, human connection, life, and death, with much for the mind and the eyes to linger over; both the craft that Cros studies and creates, and the natural scenery of rural France, are treated as objects of art. Quietly beautiful, and stunningly shot in black-and-white, the film was nominated in 13 categories in the Goya Awards, and took home the Best Director prize at the 2012 San Sebastián Film Festival.

Director Biography
Award-winning director Fernando Trueba has won acclaim for his work in both his native Spain and the United States, including the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film for 1994’s Belle Époque. He is also a decorated music producer whose work includes the soundtrack for Calle 54, his documentary on Latin Jazz.

Sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Spain - San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Dragados USA, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, The Tourist Office of Spain

Director: Fernando Trueba
Principal Cast: Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Aida Folch, Gotz Otto, Chus Lampreave
Country: Spain
Year: 2012
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Christina Huete
Screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière, Fernando Trueba
Cinematographers: Daniel Vilar
Editors: Marta Velasco
Website: http://cohenmedia.net/artist-and-the-model/synopsis/
Awards: San Sebastián Film Festival 2012 (Best Director)
Filmography: Chico and Rita (2011); The Dancer and the Thief (2009); Miracle of Candeal (2004); White and Black (2003); The Shanghai Spell (2002); Street 54 (2000); The Girl of Your Dreams (1998); Two Much (1995); Belle Epoque (1992); Twisted Obsession (1989); Year of Enlightment (1986); Coarse Salt (1984); Opera Prima (1980)
Language: Spanish, French, Catalan
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
International Sales: 6 Sales
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