First Trailer for Award-Winning Romance 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'

August 13, 2019

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Trailer

"I came here to paint you." Madman Films in Australia has unveiled the first official trailer (with English subtitles) for Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the award-winning, acclaimed romantic drama from Cannes Film Festival this year. Written & directed by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Girlhood), the film went on to win Best Screenplay and the Queer Palme at Cannes, even though it deserved more - for the acting, the direction, and everything else. Set on an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. The two soon fall madly in love with each other. Noémie Merlant co-stars with Adèle Haenel, and a small cast including Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras, Armande Boulanger, Guy Delamarche, and Clément Bouyssou. This is a wonderful film, one of the very best of the year, and it comes highly recommended from everyone who has seen it (here's our review). This trailer gives away a lot but still makes me want to watch (it again).

Here's the Australian trailer for Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire, on Madman's YouTube:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Poster

Brittany, France, in 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow strong between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, also known as Portrait de la jeune fille en feu in French, is both written and directed by French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, director of the films Water Lilies, Tomboy, and Girlhood previously. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and will also play at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals coming up soon. Neon will then release Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire in select US theaters starting December 9th, 2019 later this fall. The film also opens in Australia in December, plus most of Europe in November. Read our review.

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Wow, wasn't expecting that. Very intriguing, got some goosebumps. Several interesting trailers today, but this was the best one. I really wanna watch this now.

Efterklang on Aug 13, 2019


I just watched this trailer at your recommendation and although I didn't find the digital looked good, it wasn't offensive or really bad. It still had that 'soft' look of digital to me...that lack of crispness and sharpness and contrast you get on film. I kept noticing that here...and not while watching the Parasite trailer...or the rom com Last Christmas. If digital can keep me from noticing the lack of film look then I'm fine. Most don't though. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Aug 14, 2019


Those two both looked pretty "normal" to me in terms of cinematography, nothing stood out. But they both had good and more robust color palettes than this one. This one does indeed have a bit of a softer look, and it might be intentional. It looks great here. Not saying it always does of course, but here it does, for me. Atleast we can agree shooting on film still looks better. Maybe in the future, with technological advances, they can find a way to replicate it on digital.

Efterklang on Aug 15, 2019


They are sure trying and some of the top-of-the-line digital cameras when used by talented DP's look pretty good. I don't think they'll ever be able to match the look of film. It's just the nature of the two different beasts. Film with the chemicals and grain, etc. Digital won't be able to achieve that. Look, I loved Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace's movie The Drop and it was shot digital...and it was a dark, gritty movie too. It looked great and I never once fell out of the movie because I knew it was digital and didn't like the look. That's a very unusual experience for me. Same with Mad Max: Fury Road, but that was a whole other ball game with Miller creating it. He shot and didn't care at all what it looked like. He just wanted to capture the action. Then he created a post production department he called the 'colorization department' and they went thru every frame and did the coloring. By computer. Now that's pretty high tech amazing. Cheers! P.S. I just watched that latest 'thing' from Tom Cruise...the MI movie. Not my cup of tea and I laughed thru most of it, but it was shot on film and looked great. Blue skies...white puffy clouds...the exteriors were magnificent! Pity it was in such an ordinary piece of fare.

thespiritbo on Aug 15, 2019


I didn't know that about Fury Road, thats cool. I wonder if any other movies have done that. Hehe, I have seen the newest Mission Impossible too. I thought it was pretty good for what it is, a pure action movie. Sometimes you just want to shut your brain off and be entertained, and I thought it did a decent job in that department. Good supporting cast too.

Efterklang on Aug 16, 2019


I'm not sure anyone has used digital and post production colorization like Miller did...or to that extent. Hard, laborious work, but I understand the thinking of digital on set like he used it to see immediate footage and do the necessary adjustments. One can't do that with film. Another little tid bit...his DP said in an interview that all he did was capture the action and had no idea what the finished look would be and didn't until he saw the finished film. How about that for a first? Glad you enjoy the MI stuff. I just can't and on principle alone with what I know about Scientology...first hand and from friends in it...I can't support his financial life by paying to see anything he's in. I also see very clearly how much of a fraud and phony he is...even in his acting. He's really slick and employs the same schtick no matter what character he's supposed to be playing. But that's just me. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Aug 16, 2019


I get where you're coming from regarding Cruise and scientology, and I completely agree. Didn't pay for it either. I wouldn't mind it if they retired his character and continued the franchise without him.

Efterklang on Aug 16, 2019


Good to hear that there are others with a bit of moral integrity concerning this's known on his film sets as 'the little king' should tell you something, eh? Cheers!

thespiritbo on Aug 17, 2019


That is interestin in unusual way ... To say it at least ...

shiboleth on Aug 13, 2019

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