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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.
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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