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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

Relaxed Screening

Two women embrace on a windswept beach

Art and romance intertwine in this magnificent new drama from acclaimed filmmaker Céline Sciamma.

Set in late eighteenth-century France, a wealthy countess hopes to find an affluent husband for her sheltered but strong-willed daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), commissioning painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) to paint a wedding portrait of her.

After being instructed to complete the portrait in secret, Marianne poses as Héloïse's hired companion, observing her by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.

A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, Sciamma's film became the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it also won Best Screenplay.

Tagged with: Cinema Relaxed Screenings

France 2019 Dir Céline Sciamma 122 min

How is this screening Relaxed?

A relaxed event takes place in an environment more suitable for neurodiverse customers as well as those who would benefit from a more informal format. 
The cinema environment is tailored to the needs of the audience.

For this screening:

- The lights are dimmed, though not off.

- The volume levels are a little lower than usual.

- Attendees are free to sit in whichever seat they like and can enter and exit the room at any time, with easy access for any wheelchair users.

- Attendees are free to make noise in these screenings. 

- Staff are trained and ready to assist with any help the audience may need during these trips to the cinema at Barbican.


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