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Art on Screen - 2015 Films about art

Posted on 5 February 2015

There is a fascinating interplay between the visual cultures of film and art. Many directors and screenwriters have written or adapted the stories and histories of various artists and artworks into films. Artcoza took a look at upcoming 2015 films on art, artists or the arts.

BIG EYES

This drama tells the true story of American artist Margaret Keane (played by Amy Adams), who became famous in the 1960s for her paintings of children as large-eyed waifs. Her husband, Walter (played by Christoph Waltz) took credit for her work. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in San Francisco's Bay Area, until Margaret experienced a personal awakening due to the feminist movement and sued for the right to use her own name on her artwork.

View the trailer [here]

Release Date: 20 February 2015 at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau

VINCENT VAN GOGH - A NEW WAY OF SEEING

From the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this is a surprising new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death.

Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other.

Release Date: 18 April 2015 at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau.

THE IMPRESSIONISTS

They are the world's most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas and their compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?

To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major new exhibition focussing on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, the outspoken champion of Impressionism. This eagerly anticipated exhibition is perhaps the most comprehensive ever held about the Impressionists.

Durand-Ruel's brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened, wealthy Americans to modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks but also kept impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film will tell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.

Release Date: 30 May 2015 at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau

For more art film releases visit www.sterkinekor.com.


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