The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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.
Also screening on Wed 28 September
Tomboy (2011) – Wed 14 Sep, 6:30pm
Ma vie de Courgette (2016) – Wed 14 Sep, 8.10pm
Petite Maman (2021) – Wed 14 Sep, 9:30pm
Being 17 (2016) – Wed 21 Sep, 7pm
Paris 13th District (2021) – Wed 21 Sep, 9:05pm
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – Wed 28 Sep, 7pm
Girlhood (2014) – Wed 28 Sep, 9:10pm
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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