PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Feature Narrative | 121 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/13/2019 and 10/14/2019
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Directed By
Céline Sciamma

Produced By
Bénédicte Couvreur

Written By
Céline Sciamma

Featuring
Noémie Merlant
Adèle Haenel
Luàna Bajrami
Valeria Golino


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2019 | French | France

As the 18th century draws to a close, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, is sent to an isolated island off the coast of Brittany to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise (Adèle Haenel), a young woman counting her last days of freedom before Héloise’s arranged marriage to a man she has never met. As Marianne portrays herself as a companion to Héloise during the day and secretly paints the portrait meant to secure her marriage at night, the two women slowly begin to find the tenderness in each other that their society has denied them. Visually rich and intellectually provocative, director Céline Sciamma’s Cannes Best Screenplay winner is a delicate and beautifully realized period piece.