Neon released a new trailer for Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which is directed by Céline Sciamma and stars Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant.
Plot summary: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
US Release date: December 6th, 2019
Haenel, Sciamma and Merlant talk about the audience response to the film.
French actress and #PortraitofaLady star Adèle Haenel on the response to the film: "I have a feeling that there is a relief for part of the audience...because actually we are portraying woman in a way that not much has been done yet" | Variety Studio at #TIFF presented by @ATT pic.twitter.com/T1UNITNv4H— Variety (@Variety) September 6, 2019
Sciamma talking about gender representation in film at the Q&A after the first screening.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE director Céline Sciamma wants to see 50/50 representation of women filmmakers in French cinema — and believes that there's a lot to learn from Canada to get there. #TIFF19 #ShareHerJourney pic.twitter.com/OY9gUP0xQN— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) September 7, 2019
OP's Review: This was my favorite film that I saw at TIFF. The camera absolutely loves the leads, who are both excellent, and the cinematography is beautiful, featuring the stunning coastal backdrop in many scenes. If there were a reverse Bechdel test, it would fail miserably - there are like five lines from male characters total, if that. I think that the leads could have more chemistry, but that's probably just me nitpicking. Would highly recommend!
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