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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

This modern French masterpiece tells the story of a love affair between an aristocrat and the artist commissioned to paint her portrait.

Set on an isolated island in 18th-century Brittany, the film follows Marianne (Merlant), a young painter who is commissioned to paint the portrait of reclusive aristocrat Heloise (Haenel). As the pair become closer over the course of Marianne’s stay, a forbidden romance blooms.

An immediate critical hit, Portrait of a Lady on Fire won the Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first female-directed film to win the award.  

"As mesmerisingly magical as anything I can recall seeing on screen." – Mark Kermode, The Guardian

  • DIRECTOR: Céline Sciamma
  • CAST: Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel
  • LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles