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Charlotte— Digital Second Screening (2021)

  • Special Presentations, Animation
  • 1h 32m
  • Belgium, Canada, France


TIFF Members’ Screening Introduction in memory of Renee Perlmutter

This stunning animated drama brings to life the remarkable true story of Charlotte Salomon, an enigmatic young German Jewish painter who created a sprawling masterpiece in the face of both private turmoil and sweeping global cataclysm.

Born into a wealthy but troubled family in Berlin, Charlotte is preternaturally gifted, with a wild imagination and grand ambitions. In 1933, at age 16, she sees her dreams dashed. The antisemitic laws and violent mobs of the Nazis, who have seized power in Germany, force her out of school and later spur her to leave for the South of France, where, despite relative and temporary safety, life for Charlotte becomes increasingly difficult. Struggling to comprehend — and come to terms with — both a traumatic past and present, she sets out to paint her autobiography. Within 18 months, Charlotte completes nearly a thousand gouaches depicting the lives of everyone near and dear to her. By the time of her death at Auschwitz, aged 26, she’d left behind her extraordinary expressionist “Song-play”: Life? or Theatre?

Featuring the voice of Keira Knightley as Charlotte, this is a heartbreaking tale of overcoming family hardship during a horrific time. With stunning artistry, Canadian directors Eric Warin and Tahir Rana bring justice to their subject’s work and deliver a powerful story of determination.

DIANA SANCHEZ

Content advisory: suicide, ethnic violence, racism, war trauma, sexual content (animated)

Director

Eric Warin

Director

Tahir Rana

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

Executive Producer

Nancy Grant

Executive Producer

Xavier Dolan

Executive Producer

Robert Lantos

Executive Producer

Jim Sternberg

Executive Producer

Joe Iacono

Executive Producer

Mark Musselman

Executive Producer

Morgan Emmery

Executive Producer

Jean-Charles Levy

Executive Producer

Cédric Iland

Executive Producer

Bastien Sirodot

Author of Original Work

Charlotte Salomon

Screenwriter

Erik Rutherford

Screenwriter

David Bezmozgis

Editor

Sam Patterson

Production Designer

François Moret

Composer of Original Score

Michelino Bisceglia

Primary External Publicist

Sierra Affinity

Executive Producer

Keira Knightley

Executive Producer

Marion Cotillard

Producer

Julia Rosenberg

Producer

Jérôme Dopffer

Producer

Eric Goossens

Producer

Anton Roebben

International Sales Agent

Sierra Affinity

Executive Producer

Sylvia Geist

Canadian Distributor

MK2 Mile End

Executive Producer

Christina Rotsaert

US Sales Agent

Sierra Affinity

Production Designer

Uwe Heidschötter

Primary External Publicist

PR Works

Language

English

Captions

English

Programme presented by
Visa

Bonus Content

3 mins

TIFF Members' Screening tribute to Renee Perlmutter | TIFF 2021