Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The artist Marianne arrives at an isolated island in Brittany in the late 18th century. She is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent.

Several have tried to paint Héloïse before, but as the only possible protest against an arranged marriage, she refuses. Marianne pretends to be a maid, who takes Héloïse on daily walks, where she can observe her quietly. With her memory as the only tool, the portrait is finished, but does it reflect who Héloïse really is?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an exceptionally beautiful film about memories, friendship, love and strong women. The film is also a tribute to the often forgotten female artists throughout history. An instant classic!

Céline Sciamma (b. 1978) is one of France’s most exciting directors. She has created a handful of iconic films, where sexuality, feminism and female characters are always central.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
  • Director
    Céline Sciamma
  • Producer
    Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur
  • Writers
    Céline Sciamma
  • Photo
    Claire Mathon
  • Actors
    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
  • Playtime
    1 t. 59 min.
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Lilies Films
  • Sale
    MK2
  • Distributor
    Arthaus