Film – Fri 17 Sept – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Exquisitely crafted romance

2019 Cert 15 121 mins 7.30pm Croft Hall – Tickets £6

Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by Céline Sciamma and set in 18th-century France, this is a spell-binding tale of a clandestine romance between two women that examines the connection between an artist and their muse.
When young painter Marianne is hired to paint the portrait of a woman, a portrait that’s to be sent to her fiancé, Marianne is somewhat surprised to hear that she will be posing as her companion. The subject of the painting, Héloïse, is opposed to her upcoming marriage and has refused to sit for her portrait. Her mother suggests that Marianne spend time with her daughter on daily walks and paint her from memory. However, when the Countess travels to Italy, the two girls bond, spending time together…
Widely held to be a brilliant and visually stunning meditation on the meaning of art and love, as well as the choices we make in life and art, the film won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.


Official Trailer
Interview with Celine Sciamma Director and Writer