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France, 2013 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Bruno Dumont

"An unsettling portrait of the artist as a mad woman, anchored by a riveting lead performance." - Hollywood Reporter

In 1915, French sculptor Camille Claudel had been confined against her will in a mental institution for two years. Insisting she is sane and yet beset by paranoia about her supposed persecutors, including former lover Auguste Rodin, Claudel struggles to find meaning - as an artist prevented from practising her art, and in the cloistered world around her.

Beginning where Bruno Nuytten's 1988 film left off, and based on medical notes and letters between Claudel and her brother, Camille Claudel 1915 is directed with sparse visuals and scoring by auteur Bruno Dumont (Outside Satan, MIFF 2011). Starring a mesmerising Juliette Binoche alongside non-professional actors, it offers the deeply challenging story of a talented artist who would spend three decades institutionalised.

D/S Bruno Dumont P Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin Dist Rialto Distribution L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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