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Portrait of the Artist (Le dos rouge)

Friday, March 6

North American Premiere

“Spellbinding.” – Melissa Anderson, Artforum

Renowned director Bertrand Bonello (House of Pleasures and Saint Laurent) stars as “Bertrand,” a filmmaker approaching his next project with a peculiar obsession—monstrosity. Convinced it should be the central theme of his film, he fixates on the notion of monstrous imagery, visiting museums and even hiring a mysterious art historian (played simultaneously by Jeanne Balibar and Géraldine Pailhas) to help him find the painting that best embodies the idea (considering works by Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, and others). But to his shock, the mania consuming his mind begins to manifest itself in his body as a monstrous red stain takes shape on his back. A disquieting yet fascinating (and funny!) mixture of body horror and character study, co-starring Barbet Schroeder as a physician and Joana Preiss as Bertrand’s wife Barbe.

Additional screenings March 12 at BAM and March 15 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 127 minutes
  • Director Antoine Barraud