Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma . France. 2019. R. 1 hour 59 minutes. NEON. Digital .
Wed., February 12, 2020
Special Sneak Preview Screening on Wed, Feb 12!
Winner of the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm Awards at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival!
“A thrilling, swoon-worthy romance of one woman trying to capture the beauty of another—on canvas and on film.” – Dana Stevens, Slate. Read Full Review Here.
Winner of coveted Cannes Film Festival prizes and one of the best reviewed films of the year, Portrait of a Lady on Fire solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of the greatest love stories ever told.
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. In French with English Subtitles.