Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Portrait of Wally

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival:  It's October! Time for the first film in the new Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival!

Skype Q&A with director
Andrew Shea following the film
Portrait of Wally
Sunday October 7 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
1050 Old Pecos Trail  
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Egon Schiele’s tender picture of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939.

The film traces the history of this iconic image – from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke The Third Man, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997 and the legal battle that followed.

Tickets: Available from the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival

The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival (formerly the HaMakom Jewish Film Festival)
brings to Northern New Mexico films that inform and foster an understanding of Jewish culture, religion, history and/or identity. Film selections are an eclectic mix of award-winning documentaries, narrative first-run features, Israeli cinema and more, and represent some of the very best films playing the Jewish Film Festival circuit. Interviews with the film’s producer/director, facilitated discussions,
and talks by experts create an added dimension, transforming simply
“going to the movies” into a “movie going experience”.

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