Tartuff sets focus on art

This year's edition sets a special focus on art, screening films on Banksy, Marchel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Maud Lewis. The festival will be available online throughout Estonia

The Robin Hood of the art world aka Banksy, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Maud Lewis – these are the heroes of the features and documentary films on art topics, that will reach audiences in Tartu at the physical event taking place from the 10th until the 15th of August and also available online throughout Estonia. The full programme of the 15th Tartu Love Film Festival will be announced on the 30th of July.

According to the new head of the festival Kristiina Reidolv, the topic of art is not only relevant in the context of Tartu's aspirations towards art as a city and due to the recent anniversaries – art school Pallas turned 100 last year and Tartu Art Museum turns 80 this year – but in a wider context.

"We want to raise art into the societal role as an instigator of social processes and as the philosophical trailblazer. Tartu is getting ready to become the European Capital of Culture (in 2024) and its banner "The Art of Survival" is socially and ecologically more relevant than ever before", she commented.

The art programme will be opened by the fresh documentary Banksy: Most Wanted that has screened only at a handful of times globally after it world premiere at the online edition of Tribeca. Aurélia Rouvier's and Seamus Haley's film is seeking answers to why the world-famous artist won't reveal his identity, creating an extremely engaging portrait of the artist / social warrior.

In 1964, sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) asked critic James Lord to pose for him for a portrait. It turned out to be an intense series of 18 meetings, during which the critic had a chance to learn about the artistic and emotional turmoil of one of the most well-known sculptors of the 20th century. Stanley Tucci's Final Portrait is an insightful depiction of this session, that produced the last finished artwork of the artist (played by Geoffrey Rush) who died two years later.

Aisling Walsh's Maudie is a first deeper introduction into the life of Canadian Naïve art painter Maude Lewis (1903-1970), who, despite having her body deformed by arthritis, painted, with astonishing enthusiasm flowers, animals and butterlies. These paintings covered the house where she lived in poor conditions with her husband. Sally Hawkins, who's made a unforgettable role as Maude, has received numerous awards for her role. Her husband is portrayed by Ethan Hawke.

Marel Duchamp is without doubt one of the most influential modernists and artists of the 20th century. Matthew Taylor's documentary Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible offers a thorough insight into his legacy and influence on the evolution of art, which has been commented on by creative minds such as Jeff Koons, Marina Abramović, David Bowie and many others.

In addition to the film screenings, Tartuff will see a series of art-themed events, including exhibitions. performances, symposiums and excursions. The programme is organised in cooperation with Tartu Art Museum, Tartu Art College, Estonian National Museum, Voronja Gallery, street art festival Stencibility and many others.