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Artemisia

Artemisia

Rome, 1610. The church's influence is all-pervasive. Particularly women are forbidden to do lots of things. But the 17-year-old Artemisia follows her own principles. Her father, the jobbing artist Orazio Gentilechi recognises his daughter's artistic talent and tries to have her accepted at the art academy. But in vain. She carries on working for her father. When a fresco is to be done, the church sends a famous painter, Agostino Tassi, to Orazio. Artemisia is fascinated by Agostino's style of working. Orazio arranges for her to become Agostino's pupil. Through him she learns a completely new view of the world: perspective. Agostino is fascinated by the talented and resolute girl. The two fall in love with each other. It is the first time for Artemisia. When Orazio surprises them together, he reports Agostino. Profoundly disappointed by her father who took her lover away from her, Artemisia breaks with her family. She attains tragic fame through the events and is able herself to become a painter.


Agnés Merlet graduated in Fine Arts at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in 1982 and received a diploma from the Paris-based film school IDHEC in 1986. She received the Best Scriptwriter Award and GAN Foundation Award in 1990 and 1991 for her first feature Le Fils du Requin. The film was awarded the International Critics Prize at the 1993 Venice Film Festival and the Felix for Best Young European Film in 1994. Her films include: L'Arcane sans moi (short, 1984), La Guerre des Pates (short, 1985), Poussieres d'Etoiles (short, 1986), Le Fils du Requin (1993) and Artemisia (1997).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Agnés Merlet
Screenplay Agnés Merlet
Cinematography Benoît Delhomme
Guy Lecorne
Krishna Levy
Cast Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlovic
Producers Christoph Meyer-Wiel, Patrice Haddad, Leo Pescarolo
Production Company Premiere Heure, in co-production with Schlemmer Film/CMW Film, Berlin, 3 Emme Films, France 3 Cinéma/Paris
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 French
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from Eurimages, Avance Sur Recettes/CNC, Procirep
German Distributor Nil Film Art & Entertainment/Munich

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