PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU
2019, Neon, 121 min, France, Dir: Céline Sciamma

Winner of the Queer Palm and the Best Screenwriting Award at Cannes, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE unfolds on a remote island off the coast of 18th-century Brittany. There, young painter Marianne is commissioned to create a portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Héloïse. She must do so in secret, however, posing as a lady’s companion because Héloïse refuses to sit for a portrait. As their hours together lengthen, Héloïse kindles a new flame in Marianne - one that time and circumstance will conspire to extinguish. This vividly shot and quietly turbulent film finds new possibilities in the age-old vein of forbidden love.


MY KING
MON ROI
2015, Film Movement, 124 min, France, Dir: Maïwenn

Emmanuelle Bercot earned a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her affecting turn as Tony, a young woman sidelined by a skiing accident who falls in love with the charming if tempestuous Georgio (Vincent Cassel, also superb). In sharp contrast to typical movie romances, MON ROI has a raw honesty that draws viewers to these characters even as clouds gather on their horizon. “Maïwenn remains underappreciated by the critical community, but that will change after the world experiences MON ROI, a movie that may sound anti-romantic but is just the opposite: boldly ultra-romantic, of the sort that has turned French pics (like JULES AND JIM or A MAN AND A WOMAN) into worldwide hits before.” - Peter Debruge, Variety In French with English subtitles.


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