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Date & Time
February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a reluctant bride-to-be. As the two women tentatively orbit one another, curiosity leads to intimacy, and Héloïse’s portrait becomes a collaborative act and testament to their relationship. Already being hailed as one of the great cinematic love stories, Portrait of a Lady on Fire solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is enthralling on every level. In her hypnotic and haunting film, alive with humor, heartbreak, and swooning sensuality, Sciamma has created nothing less than a timeless work of art.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic… as perfect a film as any to have premiered this year.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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