French Film Festival UK

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 15

Sat 7 Dec, 5.50pm

"★★★★★ – Burning desires and flashes of Hitchcock” – The Guardian.

"★★★★★ – A gorgeous study of two women in love, unbothered by the restrictions of men" – The Independent

"A painterly masterpiece" – IndieWire

An exclusive preview of this multi award-winning film due for release in February 2020.

Set in Brittany in 1760 Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent.

But Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing, observing her by day and secretly painting her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom.

Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set to be the coming out party for French auteur Céline Sciamma (Girlhood) and the film's stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel.

With echoes of Hitchcock and 2017's Call Me by Your Name,  Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a mesmerising, modern masterpiece.

One of December's MyPhoenix Passport film selection. Members and Friends tickets are £5 – buy your tickets from Box Office to take advantage of this special pricing.

Dir: Céline Sciamma

Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

Fra 2020, 121mins

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