OPENING CEREMONY + FILM PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
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France | 120 min | 2019
Marianne (Noémie Merlant), an 18th-century artist from Brittany, uses subterfuge to gain the good graces of Heloise, (Adèle Haenel - CINEMANIA guest 2014), paint her likeness and send it to a man to whom Heloise, the daughter of a countess, is betrothed yet despises. Amidst sumptuous surroundings, accomplished director-screenwriter Céline Sciamma, paints her own gorgeous on-screen portrait of a truly exhilarating and intense relationship between two women ahead of their time…
It’s an exquisitely-executed and intricately-layered historical feminist drama, one of the most talked about and admired films of Cannes Official Competition 2019 – a wonderful “don’t-miss” film featuring outstanding affinity between two talented leads.