Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Céline Sciamma

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma | France | | M
Film

Sciamma’s most celebrated work is a ravishing, intimate late 18th century-set romance centring on the relationship between a young artist (Noémie Merlant) and the soon to be married woman (Adèle Haenel) she is secretly commissioned to paint. An extraordinary pair of performances and Claire Mathon’s exquisite, painterly cinematography bring to life a “manifesto about the female gaze” (Sciamma); a feminist and queer reimagining of the dynamic between artist and muse. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award and Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English Subtitles
Source: Madman
Duration: 121 mins

When

Duration

121 mins

Rating

M

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 28 September

About the program

Oscillating Wildly: Céline Sciamma's Inclusive Cinema

Although many only discovered the cinema of Céline Sciamma (1978–) with the international release of the extraordinary ‘two-hander’ Portrait of a Lady on Fire, she had already forged a remarkably productive career as a filmmaker, screenwriter and activist (she was a founder of Le Collectif 50/50, for example). Completing a Masters in French literature and attending France’s most prestigious film school, Le Fémis, Sciamma helmed her first feature, Water Lilies, in 2007.

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