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French Film Festival: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Fri, March 6 / 7 pm
Directed by Céline Sciamma
2019, France, 121 min
French with English subtitles

Girlhood director Céline Sciamma returns with this beautifully calibrated, incandescent romance which took home both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at last year’s Cannes. Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter in 18th-century France, has been commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a soon-to-be bride who refuses to sit for her portrait and so must be studied in secret. Intimacy and attraction swiftly develop between the two women, even as circumstance conspires to drive them apart. Writer/director Sciamma tightens the emotional screws with devastating precision, while Merlant and Haenel explore their characters’ overwhelming relationship with heartbreaking clarity. – Melbourne Film Festival

Alliance Française du Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting French and its diverse culture. For the 6th time, the Alliance Française’s French Film Festival provides an opportunity to see a selection of vibrant new French features. Curated by Damien Ferland and Marie Lemeunier. With the support of the Government of Canada, Government of Québec, and Institut Française.

 

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Not since Jane Campion’s The Piano has a costume drama presented such a gorgeous view of love from a woman’s point of view.
-CineVue, John Bleasdale
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