Life has never been so rich in color, so vibrant. In black and white.
A great but fading artist has one last chance to create his life's masterpiece in Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba's sumptuous new film, The Artist and the Model, which comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Cohen Media Group on February 11.
Screen legends Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale star, along with stunning young actress Aida Folch, in this visually striking black-and-white film. It's the summer of 1943, and in a verdant corner of occupied France, not far from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor and painter, Marc Cros (Rochefort), lives with his supportive wife Léa (Cardinale), safe from the war raging in the distance. Marc, who can call Cézanne and Matisse his friends, seems to have reached the end of his life and, worse, his art.
But one day, Léa meets Mercè (Folch), a beautiful young Spaniard who has escaped from a refugee camp. Léa instantly sees that the raw, sensual girl is her husband's favorite type of model and brings her home to give the artist some fresh inspiration. Though initially chilly to each other, Marc and his frequently nude model Mercè slowly grow closer, as the old man comes to realize she will be his final masterpiece, and she absorbs his insights into art and, ultimately, life.
The Artist and the Model was co-written by director Fernanco Trueba and prolific screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, the legendary collaborator of Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Buñuel. The film won the Best Director award at the 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival and received 13 Goya Award nominations, Spain's equivalent of the Oscar. It was an Official Selection at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival and the 2013 Miami International Film Festival.
Cohen Media Group's Blu-ray and DVD both include an interview with director Fernando Trueba and the film's original trailer.