Directed by Lasse Hallström

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Lasse Hallström’s (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat) Hilma brings to life the story of the artist Hilma af Klint who revolutionized the art world when her work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019 and reveals the personal side of her Bohemian life.

Af Klint died in 1944, unknown and unrecognized as the woman who invented abstract painting. The Guggenheim exhibition revolutionized the art world and art history, displacing Kandinsky, Malevich, and Mondrian as the fathers of Modernism.

The film shows an artist who defied late nineteenth century conventions when women were not allowed to attend art school with their male peers, and reveals the impetus behind her work, from the sudden death of her younger sister Hermina to the writings of Rudolph Steiner, and the strong influence of the Theosophic Movement and her belief in its mystical philosophy. 

The film features strong performances by mother and daughter Lena Olin and Tora Hallström playing af Klint at different stages of the artist’s life. 2022, Sweden, DCP, in English, Swedish, and German with English subtitles, 120 minutes. Recommended for 16+.