Film Paula

Pure Charcoal, film still: two men are stacking firewood Foto: Zeitraum Film GmbH

Sat, 09.09.2017

Auckland, Academy Cinema

44 Lorne St
1010 Auckland

Germany/ France 2016 (Feature)
Awards (selection): German Film Award 2017 (Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
Festivals (selection): Locarno 2016 (Piazza Grande), São Paulo 2016, Arras 2016, Goa 2016, Beijing 2017, Shanghai 2017
Director: Christian Schwochow
Screenplay: Stefan Kolditz, Stephan Suschke
Cinematography: Frank Lamm
Editor: Jens Klüber
Music: Jean Rondeau
With: Carla Juri, Albrecht Abraham Schuch, Roxane Duran, Joel Basman,
Stanley Weber
Producers: Claudia Steffen, Ingelore König, Christoph Friedel
Duration: 123 mins
Language: German, French (with English subtitles)
Rating: M – nudity and sex scenes

Painting is an unacceptable vocation for a woman in provincial Germany in the year 1900, but budding artist Paula Becker is determined to make her own rules. The exuberant 24-year-old woman rejects the conventional and explores her unique style. She flourishes in the countryside art community of Worpswede, where she develops friendships with artist Clara Westhoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke. By marrying painter Otto Modersohn, she hopes to find a creative soulmate. He allows her to continue painting while assuming her duties as a good wife. Five years of domesticity take their toll on Paula's spirit, and she travels alone to modern Paris, where she studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and soon begins a romantic affair. Headstrong Paula is unstoppable: she embarks on a period that will become her most compelling; a long-awaited time of creative fulfilment and self-realisation...
Text: The Match Factory