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Watch: First Two Clips from Céline Sciamma’s Romance ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Written by on May 15, 2019 

After taking on the tumultuous period known as adolescence in Tomboy and Girlhood, Celine Sciamma turns to the 1760s for his next feature, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Starring Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, the film follows a woman who is tasked with painting a wedding portrait of a bride-to-be, though her subject is not allowed to know of the commission. As the painting process occurs, their bond grows tighter leading up to the wedding.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated premiere on May 20 at Cannes Film Festival, the first trio of clips, as well as new images and a poster, have arrived. See below, along with a synopsis, and check back for our review.

France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.

Update: The first clip has been removed at the request of the filmmakers.


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