Denmark | 2012 | 98 minutes | Bille August
An exquisite period romance about the wife of acclaimed Danish painter P.S. Krøyer. At the peak of their marriage, Krøyer's mental illness becomes more severe and Marie's dream of a mutually supportive life as artists turns to frustration and sorrow.
May 31, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|4:00 PM||Date has passed|
June 4, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
This exquisite-looking period romance is the first Danish feature film in two decades by the Oscar®-winning director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The Best Intentions). Regarded as the most beautiful woman in Denmark in the early 20th century, Marie was a muse for her husband, the renowned (but mentally ill) painter P.S. Krøyer. They lived in remote Skagen where numerous artists gathered, attracted by the exceptional light and natural scenery. An artist herself, Marie finds frustratingly little time to develop her talent since she is torn between serving as her husband's favorite model and sometime nurse, homemaker, and caring mother to their young daughter. Exhausted by her husband's manic episodes, Marie visits Sweden where composer Hugo Alfven's dashing looks, admiring words, and sexual charisma sweep her off her feet. Since the possessive Krøyer won't agree to a divorce, they try a disastrous menage-à-trois in Skagen. But when Marie abandons her life and social status in Denmark to follow her love to his native land, her dreams are thwarted. The painterly art direction shines here, with close attention to the Nordic light and almost impressionist exteriors—a true visual treat.
Bille August is a Danish filmmaker, having trained in photography before attending the National Film School of Denmark. His film Pelle The Conqueror received the Palme D’Or at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and the 1989 Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. August received his second Palme d'Or for 1991’s The Best Intentions, written by Ingmar Bergman.
|Principal Cast:||Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Sverrir Gudnason, Tommy Kenter, Lene Maria Christensen|
|Running Time:||98 minutes|
|Producer:||Signe Leick Jensen, Karin Trolle|
|Awards:||Bodil Awards 2013 (Best Supporting Actor)|
|Filmography:||Goodbye Bafana (2007); Return to Sender (2004); Les Miserables (1998); Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997); The House of the Spirits (1993); The Best Intentions (1991); Pelle the Conqueror (1987)|
|International Sales:||AB Svensk Filmindustri International Sales|