In The Artist’s Wife, Claire (Lena Olin, Academy Award nominee for The Unbearable Lightness of Being) lives a quiet domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern, Academy Award nominee for Nebraska). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic and he is diagnosed with dementia, straining the bonds of their decades-long romance.
As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the artistic spotlight herself.
The Artist’s Wife premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and went on to play the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, among others. It received the SIFF 2.0 Virtual Film Festival’s BEST U.S. INDEPENDENT FEATURE Award at the 2020 Sonoma International Film Festival.
Tom Dolby directs The Artist’s Wife, which is produced by Dolby, Mike S. Ryan, Susanne Filkins and Abdi Nazemian. It is written by Dolby, Nicole Brending and Nazemian and co-stars Juliet Rylance, Avan Jogia and Stefanie Powers. It will be available VOD September 25 from Strand Releasing.