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Berlinale Special Gala


Bob Cooper (Producer), Susan Mullen (Producer), Mary Young Leckie (Producer), Aisling Walsh (Director, Screenwriter), Sally Hawkins (Actress), Moderation: Jenni Zylka

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Since her childhood Maud has suffered from a severe form of arthritis which has deformed her bones and makes almost every movement agony. When her brother sells their parents’ home, this young woman has to move in with her mother in Nova Scotia. Maud is lonely but filled with a desire for life, driven by her great passion for painting. Desperate for more independence, she responds to an advert for a live-in housekeeper placed by fishmonger and social misfit, Everett. From this moment on, the two share everyday life in his little cottage. Gradually, they get to know each other and finally marry. Maud begins to decorate their home with her paintings and soon becomes something of a local celebrity. The colourful motifs on her postcards and small canvasses gain a reputation as far away as in New York and Washington. At some point, they even fill the taciturn Everett with pride.
The sensitively told story of folk artist Maud Lewis who rebels against her own physical deterioration and finds happiness in her art. At the same time the film tells the tale of an unusual, understated love that blossoms in the austere landscape of Canada’s Atlantic coastline.

Aisling Walsh

Canada / Ireland 2016


116 min · Colour


Sally Hawkins (Maud Lewis)
Ethan Hawke (Everett Lewis)
Kari Matchett (Sandra)
Gabrielle Rose (Tante Ida)
Zachary Bennett (Charles Dowley)


Aisling Walsh
Sherry White
Director of Photography
Guy Godfree
Stephen O'Connell
Michael Timmins
Sound Design
Steven Munro
Marco Dölle
Production Design
John Hand
Trysha Bakker
Marie Sue Heron
Assistant Director
Dan Murphy
John Buchan, Jason Knight
Production Manager
Mary Pantelidis
Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen
Executive Producers
Heather Haldane, Hussain Amarshi


Aisling Walsh

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, she has received more than 25 international awards for her work as a director and producer of television films and series. Her feature film Song for a Raggy Boy won Best Film at the Copenhagen International Film Festival.

Filmography (selection)

1988 Joyriders 2002 Sinners; TV movie 2003 Song for a Raggy Boy 2004 Visions of Europe; segment “Invisible State” 2007 Damage; TV movie 2008 The Daisy Chain 2011 Wallander; TV movie 2012 Loving Miss Hatto; TV movie 2014 A Poet in New York; TV movie 2015 An Inspector Calls; TV movie 2016 Maudie

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Solo Productions

Rink Rat Productions

Parallel Films

World sales

Mongrel International