Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor – the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation. More than a decade of work and passionate engagement ensues. Breakup follows reconciliation until Camille makes the final separation from which she will not recover, and from which Rodin himself will emerge deeply wounded. The film also recounts the artist's numerous affairs with assistants and models, as well as his relationship with Rose Beuret, his lifelong partner. We discover Rodin as an erotically charged sensualist, for whom art is a profoundly sexual delight – a sculptor of flesh in movement, who gives life to the very stone itself.

tags: Francophone, Art, Sexuality, Feature film

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Izïa Higelin, Séverine Caneele, Bernard Verley, Anders Danielsen Lie


Screenplay: Jacques Doillon

Director of Photography: Christophe Beaucarne

Film Editor: Fréderic Fichefet

Composer: Philippe Sarde

Production Designer: Katia Wyszkop

Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne

Sound: Erwan Kerzanet

Producer: Kristina Larsen

Production Company: Les Films du Lendemain, Artémis Productions

Co-Producer: Patrick Quinet

Co-Production Company: Wild Bunch, France 3 Cinéma, RTBF, VOO & Be TV, Shelter Prod

Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany

Director: Jacques Doillon


Jacques Doillon was born in Paris in 1944. After studying linguistics, he worked as AD and editor for filmmakers including Alain Robbe-Grillet. He shot his first feature, utopian comedy L’AN 01, together with Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch in 1972, followed by his solo debut TOUCHED IN THE HEAD 1974. FILMFEST MÜNCHEN has screened his films FOR A YES OR FOR A NO (1988), THE 15 YEAR OLD GIRL (1989), PONETTE (1996) and LITTLE BROTHERS (1998).