Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Opening Night Gala
Wed
18
Wed Sep 18 7:00 PM
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Event Cinemas
Wheelchair
Subtitled
General Admission
Unclassified 15+
119 Mins | 2019 | France | French with English subtitles
September
Wed Sep 18

October
Fri Oct 4

Our opening night film is a tour de force 18th-century lesbian romance that celebrates the female gaze like few before it.  

Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, has been commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (French star Adèle Haenel), a reluctant soon-to-be bride who refuses to sit for her portrait – and must be studied in secret.

To fall in love is to study someone deeply and Marianne’s attraction to her subject builds with every brushstroke and stolen glance as they stroll along the cliff tops of Brittany. An intimacy and attraction swiftly develops between the two women that can not be denied, even as circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
is a lush and romantic masterpiece from acclaimed French director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies MGFF09, Tomboy, Girlhood) that will engross you from the opening moments to the final breathtaking sequence, that will leave you floored.

Winner Audience Award Melbourne International Film Festival 2019
Winner Queer Palm Cannes Film Festival 2019
Winner Best Screenplay Cannes Film Festival 2019


"A masterpiece. A devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory. As perfect a film as any to have premiered this year. Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic. A profoundly tender story about the process of self-discovery and becoming." - IndieWire

The Opening Night after party has sold out. Tickets for the FILM ONLY are still available below.

September
Wed Sep 18

October
Fri Oct 4

Event Cinemas

505/525 George St Sydney, NSW, 2000