Portrait of a Lady on Fire / Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (N/C 18+)

A vivid portrait of the stolen romantic relationship between two young women played by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, who have a persuasive on-screen connection which gives this affair a life of its own … Set in Brittany in 1760 Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowledge. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. One of the hits at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it received a Queer Palm as well as the award for best screenplay.

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

Dir Céline Sciamma | 2019 | France |119 mins | Int Sales MK2 / UK Distrib Curzon

“Sciamma brings the erotic together with the cerebral … I was on the edge of my seat.” – The Guardian


Glasgow Film Theatre                               Sat 2 Nov 20:05

Chichester Cinema At New Park                Fri 8 Nov 18:00 & Mon 11 Nov 15:30 

 London Ciné Lumière                                Sat 9 Nov 17:00

Gloucester Guildhal                                    Sat 9 Nov 19:30 

Hereford The Courtyard                              Mon 11 Nov 19:30 

Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse                 Thu 14 Nov 18:05 NEW

Edinburgh Filmhouse                                  Thu 14 Nov 15:25 & 20:45 NEW

Belfast Queen’s Film Theatre                      Sat 16 Nov 18:30 (Outburst Film Festival) 

Plymouth Arts Cinema                                Sat 16 Nov 20:00 

Ipswich Film Theatre                                  Thu 28 Nov (check website for times)

Birmingham Mac Midlands Arts Centre      Sat 30 Nov 17:45 

Newcastle Tyneside Cinema                       Wed 4 Dec 18:00 

Sheffield Showroom Workstation               Thu 5 Dec 18:00 

Leicester Phoenix                                       Sat 7 Dec (check website for times)

Nottingham Broadway                               Sat 7 Dec (check website for times)

Shetland Mareel                                         Sun 8 Dec 17:00 & Wed 11 Dec 20:00

Bristol Watershed                                       Sun 15 Dec 14:30




Below are changes from the printed brochure.
The website details are up to date.

TYNESIDECINEMA: Young Ahmed is now on Mon 2 December and not Mon 9 Dec as adverstised in our brochure.


As a result of the French National Strike from 5 Dec

François Armanet (Oh les Filles!)

and The Primavista Quartet (Nana)

are unable to appear in person for their screenings.
The screenings will still go ahead as billed at the Regent Street Cinema.
Oh les Filles Sat 7 Dec 16:00
Nana Sun 8 Dec 14:00

Glasgow Grosvenor time changes
A Faithful Man Mon 25 Nov 13:05
Just a Breath Away  Tues 26 Nov 11:20
The following do not screen at Heart of Hawick:
Just a Breath Away
To The Four Winds
When Margaux Meets Margaux
I Lost my Body has been withdrawn in Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
Check out on Timetables for replacements

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