King’s Film Society Presentation
Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Nova Scotian Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.
The FOUR screenings of Maudie are part of a weekend-long commemoration on the life and art of Maud Lewis. Click here for more info.
Spanning about 35 years, the film begins in the late 1930s in Nova Scotia as Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, seeks to break free of her overprotective family, taking a job as a live-in maid for the cantankerous loner Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), who sells fish around the community. At first, he doesn’t want her interfering with his insular, rural life, but soon a stubborn affection develops between them, leading to marriage as Maud begins to find her voice as a painter.
One day a summer resident comes calling. She’s a New Yorker, wears alluring clothing and talks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie’s paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie’s pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.
Nova Scotia-born cinematographer Guy Godfree fills Maudie with majestic images of maritime landscape and light, while Irish director Aisling Walsh focuses on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads.
“Though set in the past, Maudie speaks to the present in many ways — this is, after all, a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.” –TIFF
Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.
All prices include HST.
General admission seating.
*** Doors will open ONE HOUR before showtime.***
Special to Sunday’s screening:
All are invited to gather in the Lobby after the show for coffee and conversation about Everett and Maud.