Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Mar 9th, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Our fifth and final film of the Winter 2020 Reel Movie Mondays season, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE screens March 9, 2020 at Carnival Cinemas

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Directed by Céline Sciamma, NYR
France | 119 minutes | French w/English subtitles, MK2

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets online, stop by the MAG in person, or give us a call at 403.309.8405. Tickets are $8 each for valid MAG Members, and $10 each for Non-Members, up until 4:30 pm on film nights. Tickets can be purchased at the door on film night for $10 each starting at 6:30 pm (no member/student rate at the door), pending availability. 

About the Film:

Winner of both the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay Awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the fourth feature from French writer-director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood) is an exquisite portrait of hidden love, art, eros, and the gaze.

Set in 18th-century Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire follows Marianne (Noémie Merlant), an artist commissioned by an Italian noblewoman (Valeria Golino) to paint a portrait of her reclusive daughter, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel, The Unknown Girl, The Forbidden Room), who is soon to be married. However, there are peculiar conditions of this assignment; Marianne must never announce to Héloïse the objective of her visit. Instead, Marianne is to act as a companion to Héloïse, escorting her on walks while closely observing her subject so as to render her likeness on canvas in secret.

Dissatisfied with her initial portrait, Marianne petitions her patroness for a second chance. In frustration and growing kinship, Marianne confesses the ruse to Héloïse, procuring her cooperation and allowing the women to forge a much closer bond — one that will lead to a passionate intimacy.

“It’s a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward — and the pleasure felt while watching it isn’t negligible either.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine

Principal Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

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