Brittany, 1770: Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman 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, to paint her secretly.
Original title: PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU
Production country/ies: France
Duration: 120 min.
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Written by Céline Sciamma
Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur
Cinematography by Claire Mathon
Edited by Julien Lacheray
Production Design by Thomas Grezaud
Costume Design by Dorothée Guiraud
Sound by Julien Sicart, Valérie Deloof, Daniel Sobrino
Original Score by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Arthur Simonini
Main Cast Noémie Merlant as Marianne, Adèle Haenel as Héloïse, Luana Bajrami as Sophie, Valeria Golino as The Countess
Céline Sciamma is a French screenwriter and film director. Sciamma's work is strikingly minimalist. While highly formalist and idiosyncratic (notably in her lack of dialogue and very stylized mise-en-scene), Sciamma's filmmaking, beginning with Water Lilies, relates closely to the characteristics of first-time filmmaking in France, notably in its emphasis on coming-of-age films focused on adolescents or pre-adolescents. A common theme in Sciamma's films is the fluidity of gender and sexual identity among girls during this formative period.