Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Film Still)

Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
122 minutes, France, 2019, 16

1760: Artist Marianna has been employed by a French countess to paint the wedding portrait of her daughter Héloïse. Furiously opposed to the idea of marriage, Héloïse has refused to pose for any painting. Marianna passes herself off as Héloïse’s walking companion, allowing her to observe her subject closely without arousing Héloïse’s suspicions. Soon she finds herself attracted to Héloïse.


Cannes Film Festival 2019
Telluride Film Festival 2019
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019
BFI London Film Festival 2019
Cork Film Festival 2019
IFI French Film Festival 2019
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2019


Winner – Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2019

“★★★★★ Céline Sciamma’s gripping 18th-century story of obsession demonstrates a new mastery of classical style.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2019

 “★★★★★ Sciamma’s gorgeous romantic film concerns itself almost entirely with the unseen powers of the gaze. Through quiet, contemplative scenes – with the camera often left to rest on a close-up – we’re invited to study these women, just as they are studying each other.”
Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, BFI London Film Festival 2019



All screenings commence at 8pm, unless otherwise stated.
Attendance at a single screening: Adult €8 or Concession €6 on the door.