Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Retrato de una mujer en llamas


Fiction. French Brittany, 1770. Marianne is a painter who has to make the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who recently left a convent. Héloise does not accept her fate as a married woman and refuses to sit, thus forcing Marianne to work in secret. To this end, she pretends to be a lady in waiting, so that she can watch her during the day and paint her during the nights. Their relationship becomes deeper as they share Héloise’s last moments of freedom before her wedding.

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma was already a name to be remembered in French cinema since her debut in 2007, Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres). But since last year, she is definitely a reference among directors in the best European cinema, with the mesmerizing Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019).

With four feature films and a short film directed by her, Sciamma has evidenced a well-defined style of her own since the very beginning, always interested in the bold world of the coming-of-age narrative. Her stories about the search for gender identity in the midst of teenage years are seldom successful when attempted by other directors. But in the movies by Sciamma, she reveals nuances and unknown aspects that bring us new ways to look at our own youth – no matter how far it might be – and think about it, and about the youth surrounding us.


November 12th, 2020. 8 pm
mk2 Palacio de Hielo

Section: Retrospective Céline Sciamma


Year of Production: 2019

Running Time: 122’

Country: France

Language: French and Italian

Director: Céline Sciamma

Cast: Noémo Merlant, Adèle Haenel and Valeria Golino

Production: Rémi Burah, Bénedicte Couvreur and Olivier Père

Production Companies: Lilies Films, ARTE France Cinéma and Hold Up Films

International Sales: Karma Films

Main Festivals and Awards: ward to Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes. Nominated to the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and to Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language at the Golden Globe Awards 2020. Also nominated to Best Film Not in the English Language, at the Bafta Awards. Award to Best Cinematography at the César Awards and to Best Screenplay at the European Film Awards. Nominated to Best European Film at the Goya Awards. Award to Best Movie about Women, Best Foreign Film and Best Screen Couple at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards