From critically acclaimed Director Celine Sciamma, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is a vivid portrait of the stolen romantic relationship between two young women.
They are played by Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel, who have a persuasive on-screen connection which gives this affair a life of its own.
Set in Brittany in 1760, Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Heloise, a young woman who has just left the convent. But Heloise is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowledge – she observes by day and paints her by night. As an intimate attraction grows between the two women, they share Heloise’s first and last moments of freedom, all while Marianne secretly paints the portrait that will end it all.
One of the hits at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it received a Queer Palm, as well as the award for best screenplay. With a breath-taking backdrop of 18th Century Brittany, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire not only delivers a truly powerful and elegant story of romance but it also echoes a love note for the often forgotten female painters of the past.