Canadian Art Profile Maudie Paints a New Reality with DIFF 365@VOX powered by du
Wed Jun 7, 2017

Audiences can take a close look at the delicate, brilliant life of Canadian Folk Artist Maud Lewis from June 15th – 28th at VOX, Mall of the Emirates

Dubai, 07 June 2017: DIFF 365@VOX powered by du, presents a tale of quiet triumph at its dedicated VOX cinema with Maudie, starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke.

A new initiative from VOX Cinemas, du and DIFF, DIFF 365@VOX, brings year round screenings of the best independent cinema to the Emirates. Having launched in April, DIFF 365@VOX has already showcased some of the best independent films from around the world, including moving British tale ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Indian father-son epic ‘Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation)’ and Swedish culture-colliding comedy ‘A Man Called Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove)’. Currently on view at the dedicated VOX cinema is the poignant account of famed French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, ‘Django’, which opened the 67th Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

The upcoming film in the year-round lineup is Maudie, director Aisling Walsh’s gentle discovery into the beautiful mind of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. Walsh, known for her critically acclaimed feature ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’, takes audiences to the fields of Nova Scotia where Maud Lewis, played by Hawkins, suffering from severe arthritis but desperate for an escape, is hired as a housekeeper by reclusive local fish peddler Everett Lewis, portrayed by Hawke. Despite her crippled hands, Maud yearns to be independent and to live away from her overprotective family, but most of all, she wants to create art. An unlikely romance blossoms between herself and Everett, as she determinedly hones her skills despite her pain, and overcomes the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Well-known as one of Canada’s premier folk artists, whose paintings hang in The White House, ‘Maudie’ gives a truly unique view of what set Lewis apart, her ever-burning optimism and embrace of the beauty of everyday life.

Exclusive to DIFF 365@VOX, Maudie will screen at the dedicated theatre (cinema 9) at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai from June 15th until June 28th 2017. Tickets are available online at the VOX website and at the box office at VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates.