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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

(PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU)

Year 2019
Runtime 120 mins
Language French, Italian
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Sep 27
7:00 PM Eau Claire 5
Sep 29
6:00 PM Globe Cinema - Down
Céline Sciamma won Best Screenplay and the Queer Palme at the Cannes Film Festival for this sensuous tale about a painter and her subject.

In the late 19th century, Marianne is called to a remote island off the Brittany coast of France, where she is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse. Having just left the convent, Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and has refused to sit for the portrait. This forces Marianne to work in disguise - pretending to be the lady's maid by day, while secretly working on the portrait by night. As the two circle one another with an intense curiosity, they form a bond that will challenge the world around them.

Sciamma wowed the world with her previous work, GIRLHOOD. Even with those high expectations, she manages to up her game with PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel soar in their roles, evoking a chemistry that threatens to melt the screen before our very eyes. As TIME magazine wrote: "PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is a film of incandescent scenes and staggering wonder."

Countries

France
Festivals
Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New York International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival
Director
Céline Sciamma
Producer
Bénédicte Couvreur
Screenwriter
Céline Sciamma
Cinematographer
Claire Mathon
Editor
Julien Lacheray
Music
Jean-Baptiste De Laubier, Arthur Simonini
Cast
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami, Valeria Golino