NEON has announced the Portrait of a Lady on Fire release date for New York and Los Angeles. Directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, the film will have exclusive one-week engagements in New York at the Angelika Film Center and Los Angeles at the Arclight Hollywood starting on December 6. The movie will then open wide on Valentine’s Day 2020.
In addition to the Portrait of a Lady on Fire release announcement, NEON has provided us with the alternative art created by Akiko Stehrnberg, a multi-CLIO Award-winning movie poster illustrator, art director and designer. You can view the art in the gallery below.
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
NEON and Hulu acquired North American rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival as part of their exclusive film and content output licensing agreement. When they acquired the film, the companies said: “From the moment we saw this beautiful and captivating love story, we knew we had to release this film. From Celine’s writing and directing, to the absolutely absorbing performances, we couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience this sensationally moving piece of cinema on the big screen.”
Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, Portrait of a Lady on Fire also stars Luana Bajrami and Valeria Golino. The movie is produced by Bénédicte Couvreur and is a Lilies Film production.