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 LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
MA VIE DE COURGETTE
2016, GKIDS, 70 min, Switzerland/France, Dir: Claude Barras

This stop-motion gem about the resilience of the human heart won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. After his alcoholic mother dies, a boy nicknamed Zucchini (or “Courgette” in French) is befriended by a police officer and brought to a foster home, where he meets other orphans his age. Written by Céline Sciamma (GIRLHOOD, TOMBOY), Barras’ debut feature strikes a remarkable balance between the joys and sorrows of childhood. “Barras’ movie demonstrates the same qualities expected of responsible parents: It bothers to notice how Courgette actually feels. … The cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it’s committed to being real.” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


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