About the Film:
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire was the winner of Audience Award at ImageOut 2019
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.
Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told.
There will be a panel discussion following the 6:20 p.m. screening on March 4, presented by ImageOut. The panel will include art experts from the Memorial Art Gallery as well.
March 4 panel includes:
Moderator: Adam Lubitow, CITY Newspaper writer/film critic
Georgia Beers, author and ImageOut programmer
Bella Clemente, Manager of Advancement Events at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG)
Jessica Gasbarre, MAG Engagement Manager
Kristin Pelc-Pachecho. Co-Founder Anomaly Film Festival