Locarno 2016 – Piazza Grande
Painting is not an acceptable 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 own unique style. She flourishes in the countryside artistic community of Worpswede, where she develops close friendships with artist Clara Westhoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke. By marrying fellow painter Otto Modersohn, she hopes to find also her creative soulmate. He allows her to continue painting while assuming her domestic and social duties as a good wife. Five years of domesticity take its toll on Paula's spirit, and she travels alone to bustling 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 strongest and most compelling; a long-awaited period of creative fulfilment and self-realization...
Starring Carla Juri (WETLANDS/FEUCHTGEBIETE, BRIMSTONE) as Paula Modersohn-Becker in an inspirational biopic from German director Christian Schwochow (WEST/LAGERFEUER, CRACKS IN THE SHELL/DIE UNSICHTBARE, NOVEMBERKIND). a co-production Germany-France.