Portrait of a Lady on Fire
This event has been cancelled as part of a programme of proactive safety measures to minimise risk to our visitors and staff relating to COVID-19. Apologies for any inconvenience. Click here for details.
Romance and art entwine in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a sumptuous new masterpiece from Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood). The film is a heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy.
Set in late 18th Century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel, 120 BPM) 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.