Dir: Céline Sciamma | France 2019 | 122mins | Cert 15 | Lang: French/Italian
A gorgeous slow-burn romance which won the Queer Palm at Cannes in 2019, becoming the first film directed by a woman to win the award. Sciamma also won the award for Best Screenplay.
Set on a Brittany island at the end of the 18th century, professional artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait. Her subject is, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) a young woman who has recently left the convent and is opposed to the portrait which will be used to sell her as a marriage prospect. Marianne under the guise of her paid companion must observe Héloïse in order to create the work in secret.
"Céline Sciamma’s first foray into period drama starts out as a cautiously demure watercolour wash but gradually builds into a vivid, full-blooded oil portrait of the stolen romantic relationship between two young women." Wendy Ide for Screen Daily
"... a meditation on passion, art and feminism." Gwilym Mumford in The Guardian
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We are so excited that the Phoenix has risen and is again offering it's wonderful programme of World Cinema to audiences in Southampton - and even more thrilled that its selection for this year's Southampton Film Week is another wonderful piece of cinema!
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