Directed by Céline Sciamma
Principal Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
Winner of both the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay Awards at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the fourth feature from French writer-director Céline Sciamma is an exquisite portrait of hidden love, art, eros, and the gaze.
Set in 18th-century Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire follows Marianne (Noémie Merlant), an artist commissioned by an Italian noblewoman (Valeria Golino) to paint a portrait of her reclusive daughter, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel, who is soon to be married. However, there are peculiar conditions of this assignment; Marianne must never announce to Héloïse the objective of her visit. Instead, Marianne is to act as a companion to Héloïse, escorting her on walks while closely observing her subject so as to render her likeness on canvas in secret.
Dissatisfied with her initial portrait, Marianne petitions her patroness for a second chance. In frustration and growing kinship, Marianne confesses the ruse to Héloïse, procuring her cooperation and allowing the women to forge a much closer bond — one that will lead to a passionate intimacy.
“A Masterpiece. A devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory. Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic. – Indiewire
FRANCE, 2019 French w/ English subtitles 115 minutes
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