Since Jane Campion with The Piano in 1993 became the first and still to this day the only female director receiving the Cannes Palm d’Or, many crossed their fingers this spring hoping it would be Céline Sciamma’s turn to be crowned with the worlds’ most honorable film festival prize. Her costume piece Portrait of a Lady on Fire depicts a romance between two women in 18th century France so ingeniously, so elegant and so beautiful the experience stays with you for days, weeks and months afterwards. She recieved no Palm d’Or this time, but Portrait of a Lady on Fire is nothing short of an exquisite cinematic triumph. With her new masterpiece, and with previous successes like Tomboy and Girlhood, Sciamma vigorously confirms she’s on fire.
– Daniel Tollefsen Altamirano