Dalíland Did Not Seek Dalí Foundation Approval, the Organization Claims

ytsfreeSeptember 13, 2022

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation is speaking out about the Salvador Dalí biopic Daliland just days before its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. According to the Foundation, they did not approve the film. Per Deadline, the organization claims they only learned about Daliland through media reports, and at the time reached out to the film’s producers in order to regularize their rights. The Foundation says they never heard back from the crew and claim they also attempted to contact the film’s director and screenwriter.


In an official statement the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation said:

“The Spanish institution has not had the opportunity to preview it and exercise its duties in its role of protector of the painter’s work and image.”

The foundation went on to say that they reserve “the right to exercise any legal action it deems appropriate to safeguard the artist’s prestige, that of his creative activity, of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres and of the Dalí Foundation’s.”

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The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation was created by the artist in 1983, and operates three museums: Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Gala-Dalí Castle in Púbol, and the Salvador Dalí House in Portlligat.

While there may not have been any communication from the film’s producers initially, they did provide Deadline with a response regarding the Foundation’s comments:

Daliland is a complex and favorable portrayal of Dalí, whose life and work we deeply respect. The film does not incorporate any material protected by copyright or otherwise and everything that we did was within our rights to make the film and tell this story.”

Daliland will explore the marriage between Salvador Dalí and his then-wife, Gala. Taking place in New York and Spain in 1973, the film follows the couple almost 40 years into their marriage and before their relationship’s collapse (the two divorced in 1982). Ben Kingsley and Barbara Sukowa star as Dalí and Gala. The cast also includes Christopher Briney, Rupert Graves, Andreja Pejić, Suki Waterhouse, Mark McKenna, and Ezra Miller.

Dalíland is directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) and written by John C. Walsh. The film is a collaboration between Zephyr Films, Pressman Film, Room 9 Entertainment, Neon Productions, Popcorn Group and Serein Productions. It is slated to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival September 17.

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The Director’s Thoughts on Cast Member Ezra Miller

The film made headlines earlier this week, when Harron praised troubled actor Ezra Miller for their work on the film. Harron praised Miller, who identifies as non-binary, calling them “one of the greatest actors I worked with.” Harron also expressed her hope that Miller gets they help they need.

Miller’s personal troubles include a recent felony burglary charge in Vermont, but date back to 2020, when a recording showed Miller assaulting a woman in Iceland. In June, it was reported that Miller had been grooming an 18-year-old girl since she was 14. Also, this year, they have been arrested twice in Hawaii on disorderly conduct and harassment charges.

In Dalíland, Miller plays a younger version of Dalí. They previously portrayed Barry Allen/Flash in DC Comic’s Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Miller recently told Variety that they are indeed looking for help to treat “complex mental health issues.”

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