2hrs 2mins

Céline Sciamma's ravishing, emotionally flooring romantic masterpiece charts the forbidden love story of 18th century painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) and the subject of her latest commission - the soon to be married aristocrat Héloïse (Adèle Haenel).

This film screens as part of our Valentyneside season.

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Celine Sciamma
Period Drama
Sexualised nudity
French, Italian

France in the late 18th century. Painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant, Paris, 13th District) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel, Water Lilies), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband.

While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night.

However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.

This exquisitely composed, intoxicatingly intimate love story soars thanks to the palpable chemistry between leads Haenel and Merlant, and director Céline Sciamma’s painterly command of the form.

The recipient of the coveted Queer Palme at Cannes in 2019, Portrait of a Lady on Fire returns to Tyneside to celebrate Valentine’s season.