The feature will be preceded by the short film THE DEBUTANT (Portugal, 2016) by Rui Simas.
Set in Eastern Europe before the First World War during a time of change at a crossroads of nations, PICTURE OF BEAUTY follows the friendship of Stephanie and Julia. Residing in a small village dominated by the church, the girls are caught exploring their sexuality during a swim on a hot summer day. Though both girls have separate dreams of love their paths to discovering their desires and sexuality is not always easy in the male-dominated times that they live in. Both a coming of age story and a film about erotic art created during a time of sexual repression, PICTURE OF BEAUTY tells stories of sexual curiosity and exploration, but also resistance and liberation. Don’t miss this beautifully shot film.
Maxim Ford was born to a communist family in cold war Britain. A rebel from birth he’s been arrested several times in both Capitalist Britain and Communist Poland. Maxim Ford has worked as a camera operator, cinematographer, and director. He’s directed and shot many films over a 30 year career, including political documentaries about Poland, short films for the cinema, and time lapse photography for hundreds of Films and TV programs. His documentary films of Poland have been banned by both Communists and opposition groups. Now Ford has turned his lens toward making an erotic movie have is searching for a new audience to outrage.