Film&Discussion | 03.03.2020 | Bundesplatzkino | Berlin


Cooperation of the C.G. Jung Gesellschaft Berlin with the Bundesplatzkino and dfk*films

Tuesday, 25.02.2020 at 20:30

Speaker: Donat Keusch | Moderation: Edith Rosin


FR | BE 2008 | 125′ | directed by Martin Provost | screenplay by Martin Provost and Marc Abdelnour | cast: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent

The true story of Séraphine Louis / de Senlis (1864-1942). Heavenly voices command the bitterly poor, uneducated, unkempt, elderly caregiver to paint night after night. As if possessed, Séraphine creates picture after picture with abstracted floral, psychedelic motifs. In 1912 the German art collector Wilhelm Uhde discovers the talent of his quirky cleaning lady. The film “Séraphine” focuses on this encounter.

Christian Tilman writes on 17.12.2019 in Der Tagesspiegel: “SÉRAPHINE draws a difficult psychogram, without fear of exposure and embarrassment. At the centre is the so precarious relationship between Séraphine and Wilhelm Uhde. For no sooner has the art connoisseur, played with understatement by Ulrich Tukur, discovered that his so quirky cleaning lady has secret talents than professional interest awakens – and perhaps more. The result is a strange love story without love between the two outsiders…”

Ulrich Tukur: “It is one of the most successful films I have been allowed to participate in. Quietly and unagitated, it unfolds a silent world that seems to be still intact, but then turns out to be just as fragile as anything threatened by unpredictable life”.

The justifiably award-winning performance of the incomparable Yolande Moreau, the bitterly poor, solitary woman and Malian maid possessed by heavenly voices, is grandiose. “What fascinates me,” says the Belgian actress, “is Séraphine’s will not to let go of art. From the start she was fragile, lonely, suffering. She has found a way out in painting. Today Séraphine de Senlis, together with Henri Rousseau, is one of the most famous naive painters.


The speakers:

Dipl.-Psych. Edith Rosin works as a Jungian psychoanalyst in her own practice in Berlin

Donat Keusch studied psychology and journalism. Since 1971 in the film industry: distribution, world sales, production, screenplay and teaching. Feature films: “Les petites fugues” and “Yol” (Golden Palm in Cannes) and many more. Since 30 years working as script analyst/consultant/writer. Trademark: Pseudonym or unnamed. – Motto: “The script is the film!”

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