Disclaimer: Tim League, founder and CEO of Birth.Movies.Death.’s parent company Alamo Drafthouse, is a co-founder of NEON.
Among the handful of titles currently making waves at the Toronto and Venice film festivals (like, uh, Waves) is a seductively intriguing new film from director Céline Sciamma: Portrait of a Lady on Fire. As the title suggests, this drama is definitely of the period variety, but don't underestimate Sciamma's lush queer romance, which is already generating serious acclaim. But hey, don't take my word for it – watch this trailer and see for yourself:
Starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire tells the story of a young artist named Marianne who is hired by a French countess to paint a wedding portrait of her daughter, Héloïse – who is betrothed to a suitor she's never met. Set in the 18th century, the film explores the mutual attraction and subsequent relationship that develops between the two women. Portrait of a Lady on Fire hits theaters on December 6 (just in time for a little thing we like to call "awards season").