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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu - Queer Pioneers

Brittany, 18th century: portrait painter Marianne secretly paints a wedding portrait of Heloïse. Love flares between the two. With introduction.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, artist Marianne (No├ęmie Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Helo├»se (Ad├Ęle Haenel). As the headstrong Helo├»se is not looking forward to her marriage, Marianne decides to make the portrait without her knowing. During long walks along the French coast, she closely observes her subject: her gestures, her gaze, a rare smile. Marianne works secretly on the painting at night. In Helo├»se's last days of freedom, the attraction between the two women grows, until their love can be contained no longer. Queer Palm winner, Cannes Film Festival 2019.

C├ęline Sciamma's films often centre on identity, gender and sexuality, themes that she links to the motif of "firsts": first love (Naissance des Pieuvres, Portrait de la jeune fille and feu), first time feeling "different" (Tomboy), or, reversely, first sense of belonging (Girlhood). The way she approaches this makes her one of the currently most exceptional directors.