18th century France: Marianne (Noémie Merlant) travels to an island in Brittany having been commissioned by an Italian countess (Valeria Golino) to make a portrait of her daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) for a prospective husband. However, Héloïse has not consented, not wishing to be married. Thus Marianne must pretend to be a walking companion by day, secretly executing her portrait by night. Gradually the two women connect and a subtle seduction of stolen glances, delicate touches and conversation gives way to burning desire. MPR
Director’s note: Following Girlhood (our festival opening film in 2014), writer-director Céline Sciamma revisits themes of identity, gender and self-discovery.
Winner Best Screenplay and Queer Palm Prizes, Cannes International Film Festival 2019.
Opening night wine reception courtesy of the Embassy of France in Ireland.
Screening as part of IFI French Film Festival – November 13th to 24th. Multi-film tickets available directly from the IFI Box Office: 5 films for €50, 10 films for €90.
Please note that only persons 18 years and over will be admitted to this screening.