DER Documentary

The Artist's Salary (Le Salaire de l'Artiste)

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by Jacqueline Veuve
color, 60 min, 2000

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From 1989 to 2000, Jacqueline Veuve, together with cameraman Milivoj Ivkovic, followed the life of a young artist, her son, Laurent Veuve who lived in New York with his family. To these 11 years of filming are added some extracts from a short film of 1968 about Laurent, then aged 7, and a sequence in 1986 done by Pascal Chevalley for the Télévision Suisse Romande.

Rapid success followed by failure forced the painter to reconsider his life choices and drove him to his present activity in Switzerland. The artist progressively became co-director and at last he could turn the camera on the film director (Jacqueline Veuve).

The Artist's Salary is a picture about the artist's social environment and those who live with his painting.

"Without giving away the plot, its more than skillful conclusion manages to question many givens, even some of the former elements of the story. An enlightening testimony." — Pascal Gavillet, La Tribune de Genève

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Locarno (Filmmakers of the present)
Festival Namur
Paris: International Festival of Art Film, 2001
Isola (Slovénie) 2007

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