Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 / 119' / France / In French with Chinese and English subtitles / Color

★Best Screenplay Award, Cannes Film Festival

★The first female director winner won the Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival

★Nominated for 3 Awards including European Director, European Screenwriter, European Actress at European Film Awards

Set in 18th century France, Marianne, a young painter, is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of a young noblewoman and reluctant bride to be, Héloïse. Knowing that Héloïse has just come out of a convent and has previously refused to sit for portraits, Marianne disguises herself as the lady’s companion by day in order to paint her portrait from memory by night. As the two become closer, they ignite in each other feelings that are passionate yet forbidden. Drawing on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, director Céline Sciamma flips the male gaze in Hitchcock’s Vertigo and presents a film that is based entirely on the female gaze: a gaze of artistic appropriation, of inquisition, and of unstoppable desires.

Cast: Noémie Merlant,Adèle Haenel,Valeria Golino,Christel Baras

Dir: Céline Sciamma

About the director
Céline Sciamma was born in France 1980, is a French screenwriter and film director, she received a master's degree in French literature before enrolling at the La Fémis film school. She writes for film and television and debuted as a director with Water Lilies, which played by Adèle Haenel, won the Louis Delluc Award for Best First Film. Tomboy received the Teddy Jury Prize at the 2011 Berlinale. Her latest work Portrait of a Lady on Fire, second played with Adèle Haenel, won the best screenplay and the Queer Palm honors for best LGBTQ film in Cannes.

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