Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait de la jeune fille en fue Features
Director: Céline Sciamma 2019 119 Minutes M
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Sat 05 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 08:30pm 120mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Sat 12 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 01:30pm 120mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA


Join us at the Australian Cinémathèque for a FREE special return screening of a Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2019.

3.15 PM, SAT 14 MAR 2020, CINEMA A

2.45 PM SUN 22 MAR 2020,CINEMA A

A forbidden romance blossoms in this sumptuous tale of desire from rising French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, winner of the Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

In late eighteenth-century France, a female painter is commissioned to paint the portrait of a reluctant bride without her knowledge. Under the guise of a lady’s companion, artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) accompanies Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) throughout her day while covertly painting at night. As the portrait takes shape, Marianne begins to notice that her intense gaze is reciprocated by Héloïse. Sciamma’s film unfolds with a tense eroticism through exquisite performances and delicately lush imagery.




13–25 March 2020 | Free

An exciting voice in contemporary French cinema, filmmaker Céline Sciamma approaches themes of gender fluidity, adolescence and love in a delicate and authentic way. Having received widespread critical acclaim for her coming-of-age trilogy (Water Lilies 2007, Tomboy 2011 and Girlhood 2014), Sciamma is highly sought-after as a scriptwriter and storyline consultant; has contributed to films My Life as a Zucchini 2016, Being 17 2016, Young Tiger 2014 and The Wind Turns 2018; and was recently awarded the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2019, her latest feature.


This program provides a unique opportunity to experience Sciamma’s evocative cinematic style and distinct approach to filmmaking.




Language:French, with English subtitles
Director:Céline Sciamma
Producer:Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur
Cast:Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel
Script:Céline Sciamma
Program strand:Features
Rights:Madman Entertainment