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Reclaim The Frame: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)
Dir. Céline Sciamma, France, 2019, subtitled, 121 mins. Cast. Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami.
One of the best films to come out of Cannes last year (where it won Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm, as well as countless rave reviews); this is an exquisite tale of female desire, hidden love, art, and the gaze. Set in 18th century Brittany, it follows Marianne an artist commissioned to paint an engagement portrait of Héloïse - a piece of art destined for her future husband (who she has never met). Héloïse has already refused to sit for another artist so Marianne must pose as a walking companion to Héloïse by day, and capture her likeness on canvas from memory at night. Intimacy and attraction swiftly develop between the two women. A heart-breaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, Sciamma’s sumptuous masterpiece is one of the most emotional films of this or any other year. Beautifully crafted, it’s a stunning look at what we can create, how we can live, and who we can love.
Join us before the film for a portrait sketching workshop, and prepare to get a feel for the period as you will be standing at your easel dressed up in full 18th Century period costume! The workshop will be led by Marie Dunaway, Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts at Plymouth College of Art. Costumes will come from Plymouth Theatre Royal Costume Department.
The workshop will run from 5.45 - 6.45pm and is limited to 8 spaces. You can secure your space by booking now (once you put tickets for the film in the basket, you will be prompted to book spaces for the workshop. If you are a Bird's Eye View Influencer, or if you already have tickets for the screening, you can book your space to your workshop by clicking here).
There will be a post-screening discussion hosted by Film Programmer Anna Navas, with Orla Smith, Executive Editor of Portraits of resistance: The cinema of Céline Sciamma, the first book ever published about Sciamma's work, and Marie Dunaway.
During a career as costumier and supervisor, Marie has worked for a variety of theatre companies including; The Royal Exchange Manchester, The Royal Shakespeare Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse Deputy Wardrobe Manager at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
There will be an exhibition of recent work by students on the BA Costume Production course in the Plymouth Arts Cinema bar.