Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu)

Céline Sciamma I 2019 I 121 min I France | English subtitles
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Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Award Winners
Historical Social & Political Films
Narrative Films
Spotlight Films
World Cinema
Arts Music & Sports Films
Jewish Interest
Release Year:2019
Running Time:121 min
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Festival Awards:WINNER - Best Screenplay - Cannes Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION:Toronto International Film Festival
New York Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Noémie Merlant
Adèle Haenel
Director:Céline Sciamma
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:Sat 11/9
Venue:Soundview Cinemas



WINNER: Best Screenplay and Queer Palm awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

A superbly elegant and exquisite French period drama, called "as perfect a film as any to have premiered this year." Set in 18th-century Brittany, a young painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), is commissioned to to do the wedding portrait of a reluctant bride-to-be Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), without her knowing. Thus, the artist must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. So Marianne escorts Héloïse on walks, posing as a hired companion while closely observing her subject so as to render her likeness on canvas in secret. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share the bride’s last moments of freedom before the impending wedding. Gorgeously captured by cinematographer Claire Mathon, this devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory engages the emotions and the intellect in tandem, as our heroines discuss the purposes of art and life while their love builds from a spark to a blaze. French writer-director Céline Sciamma uses this stirring love story to apprehend what it means to truly see — and to truly be seen.

OFFICIAL SELECTION:Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival

Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock