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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 its 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 period of creative fulfilment and self-realization...

Christian Schwochow studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He garnered attention in 2008 with his debut feature film, NOVEMBER CHILD. His two-part TV film THE TOWER (2012) won the prestigious Grimme Award. His second feature film, CRACKS IN THE SHELL (2011), received several accolades, including the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. His feature WEST (2013), also won the German Film Award, this time for Best Actress. He then made his debut as a theater director with POISON at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. The production was awarded with the German Theater Prize for Best Actress. His other films include: BORNHOLMER STRASSE (2014, TV), NSU GERMAN HISTORY X (2016, TV mini-series), PAULA (2016), and the 6-part series BAD BANKS (2018).
Genre Biopic, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Christian Schwochow
Screenplay Stefan Kolditz, Stephan Suschke
Cinematography Frank Lamm
Cast Carla Juri, Albrecht Schuch, Roxane Duran, Joel Basman, Stanley Weber
Producers Ingelore König, Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
Co-Producers Laurence Clerc, Olivier Théry Lapiney
Production Companies Pandora Film Produktion, Grown Up Films, in co-production with Alcatraz Films, in cooperation with WDR, ARD Degeto, Radio Bremen, ARTE
Length 123 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German, French
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Locarno 2016 (Piazza Grande), São Paulo 2016, Arras 2016, Goa 2016, Beijing 2017, Shanghai 2017, Durban 2017, Energa Camerimage 2019
Awards German Film Award 2017 (Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
With backing from BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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