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

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.


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