LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

The extraordinary life of the British-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington is chronicled in this study of the “lost” surrealist. Interspersed with experimental animation and tableux, the film celebrates a woman whose artistic contribution has been historically overlooked.

Leonora Carrington lived and worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City. This film explores her dazzling and remarkable life through her strange and haunting work, which recently has begun selling for millions of dollars. Leonora was born into British aristocracy - she was a debutante presented at court to the King but ran from this privilege to become an artist and lover of Max Ernst in the 1930s surrealist explosion in Paris, where she mixed as an equal with Breton and Picasso. After Ernst was interned by the Nazis she had a breakdown and was incarcerated in a Spanish psychiatric asylum before escaping and settling finally in Mexico where she was hailed as a visionary artist, writer and sculptor. Leonora’s work is cinematic. Her work depicts strange and often dark worlds into which the viewer is drawn – they might be the paintings of ones own dreams. Interspersed with experimental animation and tableux, the film celebrates a woman whose artistic contribution has been historically overlooked.

Genre Arts & Culture
Length 58'/52’ HD
Film by Teresa Griffiths
Production Co-production Erica Starling and Ronachan Productions with BBC, SVT and AVROTROS with the support of Northen Irland Screen
Original Title Leonora Carrington - The Lost Surrealist
Year 2017

Festivals and awards
Sheffield DocFest, UK 2017
The Grierson Awards, Best Arts or Music Documentary, UK 2018