RIVIERA FILM FESTIVAL – PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Marianne is a young painter in 18th-Century France, commissioned to do a wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Marianne disguises herself as her companion to get closer to her subject – observing by day and secretly painting at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom. The portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
One of the best reviewed films of the year and winner of the coveted Best Screenplay and Queer Palm awards at the Cannes Film Festival, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is an intimate and deeply affecting period drama about freedom, love and desire.
“The film has an epic quality, as wwell as a romantic intensity …” The Age
” … a skilfully assembled drama where it feels every scene and every image has been thought through in immaculate detail” ABC Radio
“Sciamma captures these subtle, yet potent mood swings with an intensity of feeling that continues to deepen throughout” HeraldSun
Already winning numerous awards over many categories including Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Movie About Women, Best Picture, Best Director