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Canada | 2018 | 84 minutes | Don Millar

With a passion for art and life as expansive as the physiognomies of the human figures in his works, Colombian Fernando Botero became possibly the world's most famous living painter.

Considered by many to be the world's greatest living artist with the greatest number of museum exhibitions and the largest number of books published about him, the rich legacy of Fernando Botero is beyond dispute. His trademark plump, portly figures are famous the world over, alternately expressionless and cheeky, deadpan yet playful—and controversial in their oversized presence in popular culture and their use in addressing often contentious social issues. Beginning with an impoverished childhood in rural Medellin and the loss of his father at an early age (an event the artist suspects informs his love of larger-than-life figures), Botero was driven by a restlessness and need to experiment, taking him to 1950s Florence where he was transformed by the humanism of Piero della Francesca; to 1960s New York where the struggling painter's figurative work made him an outcast in a time of pop art and abstract expressionism; and leading to his immersion in sculpture following the tragic death of his son Pedrito. Using rich archival footage and interviews with biographers, artists, scholars, and Botero's own children—not to mention the artist himself—director Don Millar's moving portrait is as spry and lively as the man it follows, a testament to the creative spirit and its ability to change the world.

Hebe Tabachnik

Director Biography
Don Millar is a Canadian film and television director who works internationally from his base in Vancouver. His previous directorial credits includes a short narrative film, Off the Clock, and two short docs, Full Force and Oil Slick. Botero is Millar's feature-length directorial debut.

Sponsored by Arrivé, Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada

  • Director: Don Millar
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Producer: Joe Tucker, Eric Hogan
  • Screenplay: Don Millar, Hart Snider
  • Cinematographers: Johan Legraie, Joe Tucker
  • Editors: Hart Snider
  • Music: David Bertok
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: House of Film