Dalí Foundation Says TIFF Film Has Not Been Approved – KristenBellTattoos.com

Mary Harron’s last film. DalilandA biopic about Salvador Dali, which will debut at the Toronto Film Festival, has not been approved by the Salvador Dalí Gala Foundation, the organization said.

The foundation, set up by the artist Dalí in 1983, said it learned of the film’s release from the media and contacted the film’s producers to “settle the rights” but received no response. The Foundation also told KristenBellTattoos.com that it had contacted the film’s director and screenwriter.

“The Spanish institution did not have the opportunity to view it and fulfill its duty as a protector of the artist’s work and image,” the foundation said in a statement about the film.

The statement also says that the foundation “reserves the right to take any legal action it deems appropriate to protect the prestige of the artist, the prestige of his creative work, the Dalí Theater Museum in Figueres and the Dalí Foundation.”

The Catalan Foundation operates the Dalí Theater Museum in Figueres, the Gala Dalí Castle in Pubol and the Salvador Dalí House in Portlligat, three Spanish museums dedicated to the artist’s work.

Daliland debuts September 17 at the Toronto Film Festival and is produced by Zephyr Films, Pressman Film, Room 9 Entertainment, Neon Productions, Popcorn Group and Serein Productions. Bankside handles international sales.

In response, a production representative told us: “Daliland is a complex and auspicious depiction of Dali, whose life and work we deeply respect. The film does not include any material, copyrighted or otherwise, and everything we did was within our rights to make the film and tell this story.”

The film is set in New York and Spain in 1973. The film follows the final years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Salvador Dali and his tyrannical wife Gala as their seemingly unbreakable bond begins to fray. Ben Kingsley stars as Salvador Dali in the film, written by John C. Walsh.

Rounding out the film’s ensemble cast are Barbara Sukova, Christopher Briney, Rupert Graves, Andreja Pejic, Suki Waterhouse, Mark McKenna and Ezra Miller.

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