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