No not a painting, architecture or a photo collage as you’ve seen on this blog these first days of the new year, but a movie.
Two friends of us were invited, by Universal, to see the press preview of The Danish Girl. Mario and I were the +1. We all knew snippets of the story, some of us a bit more than others. The preview was at Filmhallen, a former tram depot now turned into a cultural centre.
First we were welcomed by chairwoman Irene Hemelaar of Amsterdam Pride, she did the introduction to the movie too. We also met several other people we know in our circles, and even two days late we still wished them all the best for 2016.
As I said before A MASTERPIECE! Great casting of Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artist couple Einar and Gerda Wegener.
Two moments define the remarkable story of the Danish artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe the first transgender person to undergo reassignment surgery. Einar/Lili (Eddie Redmayne) slipping on stockings and ballet pumps to stand in for a life model awakens Einer’s female self and Einar/Lili stating her belief that she’s a woman inside a male body reaffirmed by Einer’s wife Gerda.
The setting was great, the whitewashed cool colors of Copenhagen, the vibrant warm colors of Paris and sterile stand off of Dresden. It offers a painterly quality with costumes and interiors made for the camera which if anything masks the psychological and later the physical reality of the experimental operations Lili underwent in Dresden. But also the music score fit so right in this movie. A must see!
‘I believe I am a woman’ – Einer/Lili. ‘I believe it too’ – Gerda.