Final Portrait starts shooting
February 15, 2016
Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT, about the artist Alberto Giacometti, starts principal photography on 15 February. This, Tucci’s fifth directorial turn, is adapted from James Lord’s memoir ‘A Giacometti Portrait’.

Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean series) stars as Giacometti, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Man From U.N.C.L.E) co-stars as Lord. The supporting cast includes Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub (TV’s Monk, Tucci’s Big Night) as Giacometti’s brother Diego, Sylvie Testud (La Vie en Rose) as the artist’s long suffering wife and Clémence Poésy (TV’s The Tunnel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts I and II) as his muse and lover. 

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees.

So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

FINAL PORTRAIT is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

The film is produced by Gail Egan (A Little Chaos, A Most Wanted Man) for Potboiler Productions, Nik Bower for Riverstone Productions (Suffragette, Selma, both as an executive producer) and Ilann Girard for Arsam International (Lebanon, I, Anna). The film will shoot for four weeks at Twickenham Studios and on location around London. Gail Egan says: “This is an intriguing story of an unusual friendship between two...