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Biopics take centre stage at the Berlinale

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 01:30

Stanley Tucci and the cast of biopic 'Final Portrait' step onto the red carpet at the Berlin Film. It's among a number of true stories making their debut at the Berlinale alongside 'Django' and 'Maudie'. Sarah Mills reports.

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He was one of the 20th centuries greatest artists, Alberto Giacometti living and working in Paris in the 1960's James Lord turned his life into a book, and now Stanley Tucci has turned that into a film, making it's debut at this year's Berlin Film Festival. For Tucci, getting this project to the red carpet has been long in the making. Funding, writing and rights proving to be major obstacles. DIRECTOR STANLEY TUCCI: "I wanted to make this movie for a long time," Tucci said, explaining he was a fan of James Lord's book. "I finally got the guts many years later to write Lord a letter and at first he said 'No, no. You shouldn't do this - nobody can do this', so then I wrote him another letter explaining how I would do it and he said 'Well you seem to have an understanding of art and let's meet'. ACTOR ARMIE HAMMER: ''In so many ways this movie was art imitating life, imitating art, you know whether it be Alberto Giacometti's process of destroying what he is doing to Stanley's process of going cut cut cut cut - go back, and destroying the take and then going back and starting it all over again - it was so many similarities.'' Other biopics premiering in Berlin; 'Django' - the true story of gypsy jazz star Django Reindardt, a great musician and a man persecuted by the Nazis. Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke will be here on Wednesday for 'Maudie', about Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Politics, music and art so often at the heart of the Film Festival here in Berlin.

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Biopics take centre stage at the Berlinale

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 01:30