Postponed Until Further Notice
7:00 PM @ The Ellen Theatre
$9.25-$9.75 (plus fees)
Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of a forbidden affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait. Written and directed by Celine Sciamma, the film won Cannes Prize for Best Screenplay and Best Queer Film. Rated R. 119 minutes. 98% RT Score.
“THE SHEER BEAUTY OF THE STORYTELLING WOULD BE REMARKABLE EVEN IF THE PERFORMANCES, WHICH ARE BOTH PERIOD-APT AND URGENTLY CONTEMPORARY, WEREN’T BOTH AS REMARKABLE.” MICHAEL PHILLIPS , CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“It is one of the most one of the most gorgeous films you will ever see in your life. Every single frame of it is like a picture that you want to hang in your home and it is just devastatingly romantic and sad and sexy and beautiful.” Christy Lemire, AP Film Critic
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïseby day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told. Rated R, the film runs 119 minutes. In French w/subtitles.