Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma’s (Girlhood, Tomboy) mesmerising portrait of desire and the female gaze is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. In 18th century Brittany, young painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant), is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of reclusive Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) without her knowing. Under the guise of being a paid companion, Marianne can observe her model by day, whilst secretly painting her at night. Day by day an intimacy and attraction steadily grows between the two women as this exquisite tale of sexual awakening unfolds.