added: Tue, Apr 4th '17
Despite having her hands and spine contorted and twisted by a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis, Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis went on to create some of the most sought-after folk paintings during the 1940s and '50s. Her life story is now the subject of a new Canadian movie that stars Oscar-nominated English actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) as "Maudie."
Hawkins shares the screen with fellow Oscar-nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, The Magnificent Seven), who portrays Everett Lewis, an irritable Nova Scotia fishmonger/farmer who, at first, hires Maud as his live-in housemaid, but in time ends up marrying her.
Directed by Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh and written by TV producer-writer Sherry White (Orphan Black, The Catch), "Maudie" premiered to mostly positive reviews at both the 2016 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals.
The film is expected to open in Canada on April 14th before hitting select US theaters on June 16th. In the meantime, you can check out the newly released U.S. trailer, above.
MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
directed by Aisling Walsh
starring Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLellan
release date April 14, 2017 (Canada), June 16, 2017 (US)