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Seraphine

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Overview

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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Sublime… one of the most evocative films about an artist I’ve ever seen."

David Edelstein

New York Magazine

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Release Date : 06/05/09
  • Countries of Production : France
  • Languages : French
  • Running Time : 125 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
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DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer

Making of Featurette

Gallery of Séraphine’s Paintings