April 14, 2015

Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren dazzles in her quest to reclaim Klimt’s iconic painting

Technicolor’s Peter Doyle provided the color grade for the film. Based on a true story, it follows the quest of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt, ‘The Woman in Gold’ which was confiscated from her family by the Nazis in Vienna before World War 2.

Over the years the painting had come to be regarded as the ‘Mona Lisa of Vienna’ and Altmann employs a young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to help her fight against the Austrian government, taking it to the Supreme Court of the United States who rule in her favor. The challenge in terms of color grading was to ensure that the flashback scenes, to Austria in the 1930’s, created a sense of the impending German occupation.

Woman in Gold is out in cinemas across the UK from April 2015.

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