“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Virtual Screening
Pre-registration is required, as “seating” is limited. Link to the screening will expire at 6pm on Wed., July 15.
Set in 18th-century France on a small island off the coast of Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire brings together two women from very different backgrounds. Marianne is a working-class, portrait artist who has been brought to an isolated island to paint Héloïse, a young noblewoman who has recently left the convent. Héloïse is brought to the island by her mother, a countess who is marrying Héloïse off to an Italian nobleman. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
France; Rated R; Directed by Celine Sciamma (2019); 122 minutes; in French and Italian with English subtitles
Accompanying the film screening will be a transcript of Dr. John Pfeifer’s corresponding lecture, which can be viewed prior to or following the screening.
Available exclusively via Eventbrite; register at the website above.