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Helen Mirren, Gustav Klimt and an international war correspondent

Anne-Marie O'Connor.
Anne-Marie O'Connor. / SUR
  • The next Arts Society Nerja lecture will include a screening of Woman in Gold and a talk about the true story on which the film is based

The next Nerja Arts Society lecture, which will take place at the town's cultural centre on Tuesday 18 February, will be given by international journalist Anne-Marie O'Connor.

O'Connor will be introducing the film, Woman in Gold, which was released in 2015 and stars Helen Mirren. It is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles, who together with her lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I.

The painting had been stolen from Altmann's relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War Two. Altmann took her legal battle to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled on the case Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004).

O'Connor says she became interested in the subject when she read about Altmann's story in a newspaper: "I spent 10 years reporting on this case, from my first newspaper article for The Los Angeles Times, to the end of the book."

O'Connor, 60, is originally from Missouri and has worked as a foreign and war correspondent and writer. She has visited Nerja before as she is good friends of Nerja Arts Society members, Anne Duse and her husband Andreas Ekma Duse, who Anne-Marie met while the couple were living in Los Angeles.

The lecture will start at 5pm and will be followed by the screening. Tickets for nonmembers are 10 euros and include the lecture, film and a bottle of water.