Portraits of young women on fire: Céline Sciamma on female art, identity and intimacy

What sparks fly when the female gaze grows intimate? Céline Sciamma talks us through her portraits of girlhood and womanhood, culminating in the the heat and light of her Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

No man’s land: Céline Sciamma on Portrait of a Lady on Fire
A womb of one’s own: a short history of abortion on film


Portrait of a Lady on Fire is released in UK cinemas and on demand on 28 February 2020.


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