Top Movies. Camille Claudel 1915 by Bruno Dumont at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. January 2-10, 2014.
In Camille Claudel 1915, Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as Auguste Rodin’s protégé (and later mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel. Inspired by the correspondence between Paul and Camille, writer/director Bruno Dumont (Humanité, La Vie de Jesus, Outside Satan) focuses on Camille’s struggle to find understanding and recognition as an artist – and the moments before her brother’s visit while she is confined to a mental institution. Shot in a real psychiatric asylum, Dumont brings together a supporting cast comprised of real-life patients and their actual nurses that, alongside Binoche, create an emotionally intense ensemble – and a rare cinematic experience. While the camera rarely ventures outside of her prison’s thick walls, the story of Camille’s 29-year confinement is in itself a tale of defiance against social norms – and a testament to the power of creativity and fortitude. Freely adapted from the works and letters of Paul and Camille and medical records.
Camille Claudel 1915/ Written and directed by Bruno Dumont/ France/ 2013 / 2.35:1 / 97 minutes / Mono / In French with English subtitles. DVD screener and hi-res photos available upon request.
Thu, Jan 2, 7:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Fri, Jan 3, 5 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Sat, Jan 4, Noon (RA) $7, $8.
Sun, Jan 5, 3 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Wed, Jan 8, 4:30 pm (RA) $7, $8.
Thu, Jan 9, 7 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Fri, Jan 10, 4:30 pm (RA) $7, $8.
TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION:
Tickets may be purchased at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Where two prices are listed, the first is discounted for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.
Screenings are in Remis Auditorium (RA) in the Linde Family Wing. Remis Auditorium is convenient to both the Huntington and State Street Corporation Fenway entrances.
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.
Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.