Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Director: Sima Urale
Velvet Dreams is a titillating introduction to the world of velvet painting, a genre most noted for its portraits of topless ‘dusky maidens’ painted on black velvet.
The film is narrated in mock Sam Spade style by a man so obsessed by a woman seen in a junk shop painting that he traverses the Pacific to find out who she was. We meet velvet artists and collectors in Seattle, Arthur Leeteg’s widow in Tahiti, art historians in Auckland and, finally 88 year–old velvet painter, adventurer and party boy, Charles McPhee.
Velvet Dreams is directed by award winning director Sima Urale, whose O Tamaiti won the best short film award at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.
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