The Melbourne International Film Festival unveiled its 2019 program – the largest in its 68 year, history, featuring 259 feature films, and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell as closing night film.
Portrait of a Lady On Fire (PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU) (2019)
NAME OF FILM: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU)
DIRECTOR(S): Céline Sciamma
STARRING: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: On the cusp of the 19th century, young painter Marianne travels to a rugged, rocky island off the coast of Brittany. Here, she has been commissioned to create a wedding portrait of the wealthy yet free-spirited Héloise, whose hand in marriage has been promised to a man she’s never met. Resentful of the forced union, Héloise at first refuses to be painted, yet a growing bond—at first emotional and then erotic—develops between the women, exquisitely etched by Noémie Merlant as the artist and Adèle Haenel as her initially reluctant muse. With a visual precision as delicate as that of Merlant’s Marianne—whose patient acts of creation are lovingly dwelt upon—Céline Sciamma classically builds her double portrait from tentative romance to melodramatic rapture to a quietly devastating ending, all while subverting the traditional story of an artist and “his” muse. Winner of the Best Screenplay award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The South Korean film Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
2019 Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official Selection, with Films by Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Terrence Malic
The Official Selection of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was unveiled this morning and includes new releases from Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Ken Loach, and Terrence Malick.