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Best of the Fest: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
(Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

  •   Céline Sciamma
  •   France
  •   Best of the Fest, International Competition, Out-Look Competition, Women in Cinema

A special encore screening of Internationa Film Gold Hugo Award and Silver Q-Hugo Award-winner Portrait of a Lady on Fire. See all festival award winners…

In 18th century France, a reluctant bride and the artist commissioned to paint her portrait find themselves in the grips of an attraction too strong to resist. With her wedding fast approaching, Héloïse initially refuses to sit for Marianne, but the combative tension between the two women gives way to tentative trust and then unbridled fervor. Céline Sciamma’s startling, seductive period romance is brought to life with passion, nuance, and grace.

“It’s a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn’t negligible either.”


International Competition Program Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

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Film Sponsors

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Film Patron

Linda Johnston

Event Information

Sunday, October 27, 2019

  •   121 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States


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