The first trailer has arrived for Final Portrait, an intimate biopic based on the life of expressionist painter Alberto Giaccometti, who is played by the ever reliable Geoffrey Rush. As has become a little fashionable for biopics, the film focuses on a single aspect of the subjects life – in this case, Giaccometti painting a portrait of a friend that seems to be never ending.
The friend in question is art connoisseur James Lord, who agrees to pose for the portrait as he believes it will be Giaccometti’s last. Lord is played by Armie Hammer, and the film also stars Clémence Poésy and Sylvie Testud, and is directed by Stanley Tucci.
The trailer and synopsis are below.
“Final Portrait is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process.
Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees — ultimately wondering ‘how much longer can it go on like this?'”.
At the height of summer blockbuster season, it’s pleasant to see these smaller films get some focus. Final Portrait is released in the UK Friday, August 4.