Screening on Wednesday, April 1st 2015
Set in the south of France, the film tells the forgotten story of Andrée Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actress in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir.
Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son. While the father is at the end his brilliant career, the son is still searching for himself, his great career as one of the most celebrated film directors having not yet begun.
The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Also was notably successful in the United States where it reached the Critic's Pick list of The New York Times.
In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards, winning for Best Costume Design. Director Gilles Bourdos used the services of a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes, to create and re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on screen.