Seraphine

Seraphine

About the Film

Séraphine is the true story of Seraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 -- self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel -- began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur), a German art critic and collector, discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his lodgings in Senlis outside Paris. Director Martin Provost builds his story around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit.
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent
Director: Martin Provost

Reactions

“Sublime… one of the most evocative films about an artist I’ve ever seen.“ —David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Awards & Festivals

  • Chlotrudis Awards 2010 Nominee - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2010 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Costume Design
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Film
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Music Written for a Film
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Original Screenplay
  • César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Director, Martin Provost
  • César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Sound
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Actor, Ulrich Tukur
  •  Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Director, Martin Provost
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Film
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Screenplay
  • Winner! Étoile d'Or 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • European Film Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Lumiere Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Scottsdale Film Festival 2009 - Audience Award
  • Winner! Women Film Critics Circle 2009 - Best Foreign Film
  • Winner! Cairo International Film Festival 2008 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Ghent International Film Festival 2008 Grand Prix Award Nominee - Best Film

Cast & Crew

Cast

Séraphine: Yolande Moreau
Wilhelm Uhde: Ulrich Tukur
Anne Marie: Anne Bennent
Madame Duphot: Geneviève Mnich
Helmut: Nico Rogner
Minouche: Adélaïde Leroux
Duval: Serge Larivière
Mère Supérieure: Françoise Lebrun

Crew

Director: Martin Provost
Screenplay: Martin Provost and Marc Abdelnour
Producers: Miléna Poylo and Gilles Sacuto
Cinematography: Laurent Brunet
Editing: Ludo Troch
Casting: Brigitte Moidon
Set Design: Thierry François
Sound: Philippe Van den Driessche
Music: Michael Galasso

Technical Info

Production Year: 2008
Countries of Production: France
Languages: French
Running Time: 2h 5m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Rating: Unrated

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Awards & Festivals

  • Chlotrudis Awards 2010 Nominee - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2010 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Costume Design
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Film
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Music Written for a Film
  • Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Original Screenplay
  • César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Director, Martin Provost
  • César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Sound
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Actor, Ulrich Tukur
  •  Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Director, Martin Provost
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Film
  • Winner! Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Screenplay
  • Winner! Étoile d'Or 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • European Film Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Lumiere Awards 2009 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Winner! Scottsdale Film Festival 2009 - Audience Award
  • Winner! Women Film Critics Circle 2009 - Best Foreign Film
  • Winner! Cairo International Film Festival 2008 - Best Actress, Yolande Moreau
  • Ghent International Film Festival 2008 Grand Prix Award Nominee - Best Film

Reactions

“Sublime… one of the most evocative films about an artist I’ve ever seen.“ —David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Detailed Film Info

Séraphine is the true story of Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 – self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel – began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur), a German art critic and collector – he was one of the first collectors of Picasso and champion of naïve primitive painter Le Douanier Rousseau – discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his lodgings in Senlis outside Paris. Uhde became her patron and grouped her work with other naïve painters – the so-called "Sacred Heart Painters" – with acclaimed shows in Paris, elsewhere in Europe and eventually at New York’s MoMA. Director Martin Provost builds his story around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit. A sleeper hit in France, Séraphine went on to a surprise win of the Best Picture and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau along with five other awards at the 2009 Césars, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards.

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