cinema no pátio: portrait of a lady on fire, by céline sciamma

8 Aug



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Hundreds of writers in the head of a poet, a portrait painted as a gesture of love, drifting everywhere in search of the one you left, someone who disappears (or forgets to reappear). In the complexity and fragility of the present time, four film proposals around identities – who we are or who we want to be, what we are or where we are from – are projected at this year’s Cinema no Pátio. Edgar Pêra, Fernando Pessoa and all his heteronyms set the tone in Não Sou Nada. Céline Sciamma reflects on an impossibility in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Elia Suleiman on Palestine, origin and belonging in It Must Be Heaven and, finally, Victor Erice on absences and lost identities in Close Your Eyes.

The cycle Cinema no Pátio 2024 is programmed by Eduardo Brito.

Eduardo Brito works in cinema, writing and photography. He wrote and directed A Sibila (2023), based on the work of Agustina Bessa-Luís. He is also the author of the short films Penúmbria (2016), Declive (2018), Ursula (2020), Lethes (2021) and La Ermita (2021). He wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Worst Man in London (Rodrigo Areias, 2024), the short films The Knife (Paulo Abreu, 2012), The Glory of Making Cinema in Portugal (Manuel Mozos, 2015) and The Eternal Man (Luís Costa, 2017). With Rodrigo Areias, he wrote the feature films Hálito Azul (2018) and A Pedra Espera Dar Flor (also with Pedro Bastos, 2022). He teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP), where he studied, and at ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design, and specialised in screenwriting at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Cuba.

portrait of a lady on fire

In 1770, Marianne is sent to an isolated island in Brittany, France, to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left a convent. Héloïse resists the fate of becoming the wife of someone she has never seen and refuses to pose for the painting. Marianne is therefore forced to paint the young woman in secret. Presented as a lady-in-waiting, the painter watches her every day.

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