Canada | 2018 | 82min
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Premiere screening on 21 August at Rialto Amsterdam as part of World Cinema Amsterdam, followed by a Q&A with the director of the film, Don Millar.
In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in September 2019.
Fernando Botero is one of the world’s most popular living artists, with millions of fans across the globe. While his art is instantly recognizable, the story of how he became “the Maestro” is largely unknown.
BOTERO reveals the story of a self-taught painter from provincial Medellin in 1932, as he propels himself to the pinnacle of the art world. The film brings together the man and his art to capture Botero’s essence – the quiet resolve and strength of character that allowed him to overcome poverty, decades of harsh criticism and the tragic death of his four-year-old son.
The film weaves together original footage shot in 10 cities across China, Europe, New York and Colombia, with decades of family photos and archival video. Unprecedented access to the artist and his family is combined with a colourful cast of historians, curators and academics to reveal the creativity and convictions at the heart of Fernando Botero.
BOTERO takes a poetic approach to provide a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art this intensely private painter and sculptor. This beautifully filmed documentary offers an inspiring look at the power of relentless vision, unwavering conviction and a lifetime of discipline.