Hilma is a sumptuous truth-based period drama that chronicles the life and work of Swedish artist Hilma aft Klint (1862 – 1944). Hilma was a brilliant and innovative artist whose abstract paintings preceded those of the better-known Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944), who has, until recently, been credited by art historians with the invention of abstract art.
Written and directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Hilma is decidedly feminist in telling the story of an extraordinarily talented and persistent woman whose genius was denied — because she was a woman. In fact, the ongoing denial of her work was so emotionally damaging that she decided to withdraw her art from public display. At one point she ordered that all of her work be destroyed. Fortunately, she rescinded that order, so the paintings survived. But they were hidden away for decades until they were brought into public view for the first time at an exhibit of af Klint’s work in Los Angeles in 1986. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN