Vermeer Beyond Time (2017)

In the feature documentary, Vermeer, Beyond Time, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Cottet adopts an imaginative and sensitive approach to his subject focusing on the work itself but also explores Vermeer’s family life including his conversion to Catholicism, his artistic contemporaries and the wider world of the short lived Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century.
 
Cottet’s film explores the individual paintings and teases out what has come to be known as the Vermeer style; the representation of light, the interplay of colour and the effects of perspective across the same themes, places and objects.
 
Vermeer’s paintings are of a world inhabited by refined and cultivated women; respectful or troublesome servants; charming young people and learned men.  His ruthless elimination of objects and things that serve no purpose results in an art that suspends time and that leaves us, the viewer, always wanting to know more. The film adds much to our understanding and knowledge of the painter, while still allowing for the mystery and allure of his art.
 
Vermeer’s death in 1675 is sudden and incredibly sad.  Overwhelmed by poverty, physically weakened and humiliated, he dies at the age of 45.  Soon afterwards, his paintings are sold to cover his debts.  Vermeer disappears from memory.  His rediscovery some 200 years later has seen his popularity soar, claiming both our hearts and our admiration.
 
James Mitchell of Irish production company Soho Moon produced the documentary and it is narrated by Fiona Shaw


RELEASE DATE:
May 10,2017

DIRECTED BY:
Jean-Pierre Cottet

RUNNING TIME:
91 Minutes
Vermeer Beyond Time