Tuesday June 13, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 Rating: PG
Our third TIFF film this year is an Irish-Canadian production that tells the true story of the remarkable Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists. The wonderful character actors Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke are perfect for director Aisling Walsh’s focus on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads. At the same time, cinematographer Guy Godfree fills the screen with majestic images of maritime landscape and light.
Maud Lewis is among the most inspiring figures in Canadian art. Afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she spent her early life dismissed for what was presumed to be her limited ability. But Lewis' colourful paintings, made on surfaces ranging from beaverboard to cookie sheets, established her as an internationally recognized folk artist. What better film to present today than one that tells the tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce, revealing the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.