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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.
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 and a testament to their love.
WINNER – BEST SCREENPLAY, 2019 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD, 2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"Girlhood director Céline Sciamma’s gripping 18th-century story of obsession demonstrates a new mastery of classical style."
- The Guardian
"A glorious, female-focused period tale that swims with the deepest passions... an intensely moving evocation of female love and friendship."
- Time Out London
"Sciamma's love story deserves to be recognised as its own incredible take on queerness, love, and the power of art to communicate both"
- One Room With A View
Thursday 26th December
Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant, Luàna Bajrami
French with English subtitles
Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Byron Bay, The Kino, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, The Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace James St, Palace Brighton Bay