★★★★★ – The Guardian. Céline Sciamma's new film, a story of forbidden love in 18th century France is set to be one of the films of 2020 – catch it here first as part of the French Film Festival UK.
★★★★★ – “Burning desires and flashes of Hitchcock” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
An exclusive preview of this multi award-winning film due for release in February 2020. Set in Brittany in 1760 Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent.
But Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing, observing her by day and secretly painting her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom.
Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set to be the coming out party for French auteur Céline Sciamma (Girlhood) and the film's stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel.
With echoes of Hitchcock and 2017's Call Me by Your Name, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a mesmerising, modern masterpiece.
One of December's MyPhoenix Passport film selection. Members and Friends tickets are £5 – buy your tickets from Box Office to take advantage of this special pricing.