121 mins – France 2019 – Subtitles – Dir: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel and Luàna Bajrami
Romance and art entwine in this sumptuous new picture, set in late 18th century France, from Céline Sciamma (whose previous films Tomboy and Girlhood have also screened at Triskel Arts Centre).
Painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.
A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, Portrait of A Lady on Fire is the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the Best Screenplay award.
|Fri 31 Jul
3pm / 7.30pm
|Sat 1 Aug
3pm / 7.30pm
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