At the end of the eighteenth century Marianne, a young painter, is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman to be used to elicit marriage proposals. Knowing that the woman, Héloïse, has previously refused to sit for portraits as she does not want to be married, Marianne disguises herself as a lady's maid in order to gain her subject's trust only to find herself inadvertently falling in love with her.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Queer Palm at Cannes, becoming the first film directed by a woman to win the award. Sciamma also won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes.
The film is in French and shows will alternate between including either Icelandic or English subtitles!
"Sciamma brings the erotic together with the cerebral. ... superbly elegant, enigmatic drama to Cannes that compels a shiver of aesthetic pleasure and fear" - –The Guardian