2h07 / 35 mm / couleur / vostf Screenplay : Raoul Ruiz, Gilbert Adair Casting : John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows, Sandra Ceccarelli, Karl Fisher, Nikolai Kinski, Paul Hilton Production : Paulo Branco, Gemini Films Cinematography : Ricardo Aronovich Editing : Valeria Sarmiento, Tony Lawson Music : Jorge Arriagada Distribution : Le Petit Bureau
At the heart of a scandal in Vienna, hot-blooded Gustav Klimt is the spotlight of the 1900 Paris World's Fair. In a Méliès film, he marvels at the dancer Lea de Castro, who becomes his muse and lover in his world of sensual, tumultuous passions.
Far from a biopic, Klimt is envisioned by Ruiz, the eternal fantasiser, as a waltz whose intensity rises to a state of frenzy. Orgies of colour, distortion of space, lighting changes, and camera movements lead this film of luxurious plastic beauty in a reverie rooted in the psyche of an artist, played by a very inspired John Malkovich.