Outburst 2019: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Outburst and QFT are excited to present a special preview of one of the best films of the year. Winner of the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes 2019, Portrait of a Lady on Fire confirms Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers in the world today.
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year.
“I was on the edge of my seat…what a story of desire” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Dir: Céline Sciamma, France, 2019, 120 mins, Unrated