Sweden, 115m, DCP

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Screened April 14–May 11, 2023

Lasse Hallström’s Hilma brings to the big screen the life story of a woman who defied conventions and who revolutionized the art world when her work was exhibited in its entirety in 2019 at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Hilma died in 1944, unknown and unrecognized as the woman who invented abstract painting, displacing Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian as the initiators of abstract painting and Modernism. From her adoration of the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner and her invincible belief in spirits, to her unconventional romantic life and close circle of fellow female artists who converged around Hilma and her atelier, the film provides a nuanced portrait of a woman who chose to remain true to her vision as an artist, despite working in a hostile, misogynistic world where women were not expected to express themselves and still were not allowed to vote. The all-star cast includes Tora Hallström and Academy Award nominee Lena Olin (Chocolat), who play Hilma at different ages, Tom Wlaschiha, Catherine Chalk, and Lily Cole. A Juno Films release

Official Selection: Palm Springs International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival

A film by Lasse Hallström