Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Directed by Céline Sciamma
119 minutes
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Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes, Céline Sciamma's (Water Lilies, Girlhood SFF 2014) beautifully shot period drama is about the romance between an artist and her reluctant subject.
Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. Both Héloïse and Marianne find themselves in a struggle to defy social conventions and see in each other a means of escape. With vulnerable and nuanced performances by its superb leads, Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, Sciamma has created an intimate and deeply moving period drama about freedom and desire.

Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June.
A masterpiece. A devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory. As perfect a film as any to have premiered this year. Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic. A profoundly tender story about the process of self-discovery and becoming.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Made by a filmmaker who is herself, as we say in English nowadays, on fire. At this point, Sciamma is practically throwing off sparks and hot coals as she enters a confident, bigger-risk-taking phase of her career. Assaying her first period film, an exquisitely executed love story that's both formally adventurous and emotionally devastating… It's so good you'll want to watch again in slow-motion immediately afterwards just to see how she does it.
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter


Fri 14 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Mon 17 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce, Festival Hits, Back By Popular Demand
Original Title
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
In French with English subtitles
Céline Sciamma
Bénédicte Couvreur
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami, Valeria Golino
Céline Sciamma
Claire Mathon
Julien Lacheray
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Arts, Cannes Selected, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, LGBTIQ Films
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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