Maudie | Opening Gala

Directed by Aisling Walsh
  • Ireland-Canada
  • 115 mins
  • 2016
  • English

A stellar, warmly persuasive starring turn by Sally Hawkins

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie Dowley (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched and with hands crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family, and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Although untrained, Maudie begins to paint scenes of her rural life in Nova Scotia, and the simplicity and joy they express attract attention, first with her neighbours, then with tourists, and eventually with an international audience. Unexpectedly, gruff and inarticulate Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

A beautiful chamber piece, Aisling Walsh's charming love story will break your heart and features two stunning central performances.

Gráinne Humpreys, Festival Director

Sally Hawkins
Ethan Hawke