In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees.
So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.
FINAL PORTRAIT is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.
“It’s one of Rush’s best performances – sly, funny and full of mischief. And Tucci’s direction is a match for it …He gives us a portrait of the artist done as a gleeful re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast..” – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
Classification: M – Mature themes, coarse language and nudity
Distributor: Transmission Films
Dates & Times
Saturday 11 November 7.30pm
Sunday 12 November 2.30pm