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Virtual Cinema: Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 21, 2021
Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
Presented as part of the Columbia Maison Française Tournées Film Festival. Céline Sciamma, 2019, 122 min.
To RSVP and get a link to watch the film, click here.
Screening window begins: Sunday, February 14, 2021 12am EST
Screening window ends: Sunday, February 21, 2021 12am EST
Five years after her international triumph Girlhood, writer-director Céline Sciamma returns with a poignant feminist revision of the historical romance. In the late eighteenth-century, Marianne, a free-spirited painter, travels to a remote island off the coast of Brittany to paint a portrait of Héloïse, a young woman whose mother has recently taken her out of a convent to marry her to an Italian nobleman whom she has never met. But Héloïse refuses to sit for a portrait she knows will be offered to her prospective husband. Marianne must paint her in secret, pretending merely to keep Héloïse company while trying to memorize her features as they walk on the beach. Sciamma’s masterful command of her art has rarely been more delightful to behold than in the way she teases out the shift from the artist’s dispassionate gaze to the yearning admirer’s look of desire. As the two young women experience a brief burst of love and freedom, a kind of utopia that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, Sciamma challenges the viewer to guess who is looking at who, raising complicated questions not only about desire but the history of artists and their models.
There are only 350 virtual seats available. RSVP here and you will receive a link to watch the film online at a time of your choice between February 14 and February 21. This event is on first come first serve basis.
This film is presented as part of the Columbia Maison Française Tournées Film Festival. Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund and Florence Gould Foundation.
To watch the trailer, click here.