Art Lovers' Film: Gauguin


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Art Lovers’ Film brings film, art and live storytelling together, resulting in an entertaining and edifying night out at the cinema. At every edition we present an advance screening of a new film about art, architecture or design, with an introduction by a curator or other expert on the film’s topic. Tickets include a glass of wine and goodie bag. Art Lovers’ Film is a partnership between Auckland Art Gallery Membership and Rialto Cinemas. 

The second Art Lovers' Film is an advance screening of Gauguin, a film about the life and work of painter Paul Gauguin during the time he leaves France in favour of French Polynesia. This screening is part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival and will be introduced by curator Emma Jameson.

1891. Painter Paul Gauguin is already well known in Parisian artistic circles but is tired of the moral, political, and aesthetic conventions of so-called civilised Europe. Abandoning his wife and children, he exiles himself to the other side of the world and arrives in Tahiti with the intention to reinvent his art, as a free man. He ventures ever deeper into the jungle despite his solitude, poverty, and poor health. Here he encounters Tehura, who will become his wife and muse, inspiring his most iconic works of art.

Primarily based on Gauguin’s own travel diary about his 1893 trip, director Édouard Deluc also lists Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) as source of inspiration to convey the fascination of a new and unknown world as experienced by Gauguin upon his arrival to Tahiti. Vincent Cassel performs beautifully, in this laconic, lyrical and colourful adventure that goes beyond observing artistic creation. 

If you book a Gallery Members ticket, please be ready to present your Membership card to staff on the night. 

“A beautiful acting performance.” — Télérama

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Members $24.50, General admission $26.50
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