NEON will be releasing Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire on December 6, 2019 in Los Angeles and New York. The film, which made its World Premiere at Cannes and won the Best Screenplay award, will receive a winter arthouse release, squarely during awards season. NEON and Hulu acquired the North American rights out of Cannes amidst an extremely competitive landscape. Hailed as a “masterpiece,” “an exquisitely executed love story” and “as perfect a film as any to have premiered this year,” Portrait of a Lady on Fire currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Brittany, 1770. Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.
The film stars Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami and Valeria Golino. It is produced by Bénédicte Couvreur and is a Lilies Film production with mk2 films selling worldwide.
At Cannes, NEON also premiered Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite which went on to win the Palme d’Or and will be releasing theatrically on October 11, 2019.