Portrait of a Lady on Fire trailer: Director Céline Sciamma's Cannes award-winner readies for release
Celine Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) made a lot of noise at Cannes as it competed for the Palme d'Or, with the director becoming the first woman to win the Queer Palm, as well as collecting the award for Best Screenplay. Her first three films - Water Lilies, Tomboy and Girlhood were set around coming-of-age experiences, while her latest release is a period piece focussing on a young woman's sexual awakening. Cannes prestige aside, there is a lot more to come from this film, and it should remain in strong contention during award season in the foreign language sections. The trailer for Portrait of a Lady on Fire was released last night and you can check it out above.
Brittany, France, in 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow strong between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.
Sciamma also wrote the script, with the cast starring Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant and Valeria Golino.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire opens in France in September, before arriving in the US on December 6. Curzon will be distributing the film in the UK and we expect to see it hit cinemas early next year.