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Preview: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
14 Feb 2020 8:30pm
This is a special Valentine's Day preview screening, ahead of the film's UK release. You can see the film again on the 15th & 16th March, when it plays at Leeds University Union, as part of our On the Road off-site programme.
Romance and art entwine in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a sumptuous new masterpiece from the director of Tomboy and Girlhood, Céline Sciamma.
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), 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.
A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the Best Screenplay award.
Language: French with English Subtitles
Director: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
F-Rating: TripleFrance, 2019, 120mins, Cert.15
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
Level access is available to the stalls via the Brudenell Road fire exit. There are four wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Sadly at this time our toilets are not accessible via wheelchair.
- Wheelchair access
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