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Colette is arguably one of France’s most important and groundbreaking twentieth-century writers, and her dozens of volumes of provocative fiction, memoirs, journalism, and drama jubilantly bucked the societal constraints that were placed on women. Writer/director Wash Westmoreland’s mesmerizing film tells the story of this iridescent artist’s creative awakening in turn-of-the-century Paris—a place as dynamic and modern as she was.

Colette (played with sumptuous feistiness by Keira Knightley) arrives from the countryside as a young bride to Willy—an older, notorious literary entrepreneur—and she is immediately swept into flamboyant, libertine society. At Willy’s prompt, she takes pen to paper and invents the loosely autobiographical Claudine novels, which take Paris by storm. The character Claudine becomes a veritable pop-culture icon, but Colette does not, since Willy takes authorial credit. To reclaim her literary voice, Colette must set out for new transgressive adventures, sans Willy.

To bring Colette’s environment alive, Westmoreland creates stunning, luminous tableaus evoking contemporaneous painters who depicted a lush, fin-de-siecle vision of locomotives, urban streets, and verdant gardens—an electric world on the brink of change, just like Colette.

Sat. 1/20, 6:30 p.m., Eccles, PC
Sun. 1/21, 9:00 a.m., Eccles, PC
Sun. 1/21, 6:15 p.m., Grand, SLC
Wed. 1/24, 6:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo
Sat. 1/27, 6:30 p.m., Eccles, PC

YEAR 2017

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 111 min

COMPANY Bold Films

WEBSITE http://boldfilms.com

EMAIL candice@boldfilms.com

PHONE (323) 769-8900


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Wash Westmoreland

Wash Westmoreland's movie Quinceañera, co-written and co-directed with his late husband, Richard Glatzer, won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Their 2014 film, Still Alice, won the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Academy Award for best actress. Originally from Leeds, England, Westmoreland earned his degree in politics at Newcastle University. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog.