Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by: Celine Sciamma
2019 | France | 119 minutes
Friday, May 29, 2020, 7pm
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 3pm
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7pm
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.
Winner of a coveted Cannes prize 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.
"What makes it a great movie, rather than a list of ideologically correct imperatives, is the specificity and delicacy with which Sciamma has shaped the material - the way each new idea seems to emerge from the love story like a whisper." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire is that rare movie in which every choice feels thought through, meaningful, and right, from the costumes by Dorothée Guiraud to the cinematography by Claire Mathon." - Dana Stevens, Slate