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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Screening of Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020) presented in collaboration with Hexham Town Twinning Association, as part of Tyne Valley Film Festival


French language with English subtitles


Romance and art entwine in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a sumptuous new masterpiece from Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood)


Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband.


While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse 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.


Tyne Valley Film Festival is a community programmed film festival consisting of 30 screenings across 14 unique venues in the Tyne Valley.


Hexham Town Twinning Association aim to:

•  promote and foster international friendship and understanding

•  encourage visits by individuals and groups to and from our twin towns, especially by young people

•  broaden mutual understanding of cultural, recreational, educational and commercial activities in our partnership

•  organise supporting social and fund-raising activities


Hexham’s links with its two twin towns, Metzingen and Noyon, have been established for well over 25 years and are still going strong.