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Genre: Drama

Duration: 119 Minutes

Rating: 14A

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Part of our Lives of Artists Film Talk Series!

Join Jeffrey Bender as we venture into the inner worlds of filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers and painters in this six-film survey all about artists and their craft.

#30 on the 2022 Sight and Sound Top 100 Films of All-Time poll.

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (2019)

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

Presented in French with English subtitles.

Jeffrey Bender
Jeffrey Bender has hosted a number of in-person and online Film Talks with the Westdale, most recently a three-film ‘select-rospective’ on the films of Wes Anderson and Memory Lane, a series of road-trip films from 1973. He joins us this fall to host the Lives of Artists, a selection of films about artistic talent and the creative process, as well as serving as one of the guest speakers for Noir-vember, featuring a survey of classic and contemporary film noir.

Christina Sealey – Guest Host
Christina Sealey is a painter and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (1999) and has exhibited throughout Canada and the UK in public and commercial galleries and artist-run centres. Her work is represented in private, corporate and public collections including The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Frederick Horseman Varley Gallery, The Hamilton Club, Standard Life Scotland and Dalhousie University. She has painted a number of private and public commissioned portraits including Walter Gretzky, Patrick Deane and Margaret Trudeau.