Curzon are proud to present PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE; a film from renowned French filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood). The film follows the story of a female painter, who, after being sent to an isolated island in Bretagne at the end of the eighteenth century, is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman in secret. The film received its World Premiere at the 2019 Cannes International Film Festival where it won awards for both the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE features ground-breaking performances from Adèle Haenel (Suzanne, Love At First Fight) and Noémie Merlant (Heaven Will Wait, Paper Flags) and will be released in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from 28th February 2020.
Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent. The painting must be done in secret, and so Marianne observes her by day and paints by night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women, but their freedom is short-lived.