Detroit Film Theatre
Friday, July 17, 2009
9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre
(France/Belgium/2008 – directed by Martin Provost)
The still little-known yet utterly remarkable painter known as Séraphine de Senlis (1864 – 1942) was a solitary, simple housekeeper who, in the early years of the twentieth century, produced a series of brilliantly colored canvases which today reside in some of the world’s most famous galleries. This extraordinarily moving, thinly fictionalized new film first introduces us to Séraphine in 1912, when celebrated German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) moves to Senlis and makes Séraphine’s acquaintance by taking up residence in the home that she cleans. To the locals, the painfully shy and awkward Séraphine (Yolande Moreau in an astounding, revelatory performance) is never taken seriously, nor, to say the least, is her little-seen painting. Yet Uhde is immediately thunderstruck by the profound originality and emotion expressed in Séraphine’s work, and he does everything he can to provide the tools she needs to fuel the fire of her creativity – until her life takes an unexpected turn. Winner of seven 2009 César Awards (
“A marvel… a testament to creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit. Moreau’s performance is a towering accomplishment.” - Piers Handling, Director,
July 10 and 11 @ 7:00 p.m., July 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
July 17 and 18 @ 9:30 p.m., July 19 @ 4:00 p.m.
Séraphine official website
see the trailer