The Lady in the Portrait (15)


The Lady in the Portrait (15)

Tuesday 13th October 2020 - Thursday 15th October 2020

Dir. Charles de Meaux, France/China, 108 mins, subtitled. Cast. Bingbing Fan, Melvil Poupaud, Yue Wu, Jin Shi-Jye, Jue Huang, Thibault de Montalembert.

When the beautiful Ulanara spies her husband, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, filled with longing and undying love, before the portrait of his late first wife, she is overcome with jealousy. She implores the Emperor to commission a portrait of her, in the hope of arousing the same desire in him. The Emperor chooses French Jesuit painter, Jean Denis Attiret (Melvil Poupaud), for the delicate task that is to follow. Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing turns in an understated, very moving performance as a proud Empress deeply wounded by her husband’s neglect. Director Charles de Meaux also served as cinematographer on this exquisitely photographed, sumptuous period piece set in the 18th-century Imperial Court of China and loosely based on a true story… and the haunting portrait it left behind.

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 Tuesday 13th Oct 2020  7:00pm Socially Distanced
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 Thursday 15th Oct 2020  7:00pm Socially Distanced
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