THE ARTIST’S WIFE
Feature Narrative | 95 minutes

HIFF 2019

Spotlight

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019 and 10/12/2019
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Directed By
Tom Dolby

Produced By
Mike S. Ryan
Susanne Filkins
Tom Dolby
Abdi Nazemian

Written By
Tom Dolby
Nicole Brending
Abdi Nazemian

Featuring
Lena Olin
Bruce Dern
Juliet Rylance
Avan Jogia
Catherine Curtin
Tonya Pinkins
Stefanie Powers


Presented by





World Premiere

2019 | English | USA

• WINNER: Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant

Once a promising painter herself, Claire (Lena Olin) gave up on her own career to stand by the side of her famed abstract artist husband Richard (Bruce Dern) for over 20 years. When Richard is unexpectedly diagnosed with dementia during preparations for his latest exhibition, Claire is thrown into a crisis—suddenly torn between her husband’s erratic mood swings and the need to shield his illness from both the art community and their family. Struggling to regain control of her life, Claire takes up painting once again, and must decide whether to stay in the shadows or step into the spotlight.

• This film is also part of the Views From Long Island section