Taglines: The search for perfection never ends.
Paris in 1964. Alberto Giacometti is the one who decides when it is time for work, drink, doubt, destruction, flirtation or laughter in his studio. An established artist whose works fetch record prices, he hides his earnings in his studio. This is just one of the causes of many an argument with his wife Annette, another being the fact that his mistress Caroline receives all his attention. His brother Diego, also an artist, is all too familiar with his idiosyncrasies. One day, Giacometti asks American art critic and biographer James Lord to pose for him. But their sittings, scheduled to take a week, are frequently interrupted by visits to the bistro or long car rides, with no end in sight. Lord postpones his return flight several times.
This films peers into the workshop and personality of this famous Swiss painter and sculptor, two years before his death. In his fifth film as a director, actor Stanley Tucci shows the artist with all his strengths and weaknesses and relates the chaos of his artistic output, doubts, and courageous ability to destroy and begin afresh. We are observing a genius at work. Tucci’s screenplay is based on James Lord’s biography ‘A Giacometti Portrait’.
Final Portrait is a portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.
Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film written and directed by Stanley Tucci. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017, by Vertigo Releasing.
Final Portrait (2018)
Directed by: Stanley Tucci
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Sylvie Testud, Begona F. Martin, Kerry Shale, Martyn Mayger, Attila G. Kerekes, Maria Teresa Capasso
Screenplay by: Stanley Tucci
Production Design by: James Merifield
Cinematography by: Danny Cohen
Film Editing by: Camilla Toniolo
Costume Design by: Liza Bracey
Set Decoration by: Sara Wan
Art Direction by: David Hindle
Music by: Evan Lurie
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual references and nudity.
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: August 18, 2017 (United Kingdom), March 23, 2018 (United States)