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Richmond Film Society Presents ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Members Only


November 23
8:00 pm
Members Only
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ (France, 2019)

When a young female artist accepts a clandestine commission to paint a portrait of a countess’s daughter – the intention being marry her off to a wealthy Milanese nobleman – a mutual attraction develops between the young women. What ensues is a subtle and unsentimental love story against a backcloth of insurmountable social and cultural barriers.

‘Portrait of A Lady On Fire’ has a slow-burning intensity, tells its story with masterful understatement and restraint and benefits from excellent cinematography and performances from its co-leads. The film achieved approval ratings of 98% and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic respectively and went on to win 57 awards worldwide, including five Césars and the Best Screenplay at Cannes.

This screening is ‘members only’. Please see www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk for up to date details.

  • Tuesday 23rd November 2021 | 8:00 pm
  • Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Directed by Céline Sciamma
  • Written by Céline Sciamma

 Season 58 Membership is Closed

Owing to renewals from the vast majority of our existing members and a significant number of new joiners, our membership cap of 250 has now been reached. Accordingly, we are not in a position to offer any further membership for Season 58. For our 58th season, we held the price of £40 (the 1998 fee), which equates to £2.11 per film. For full-time students, membership is offered at the concessionary rate of £25 for the season.

We do, however, hope to make non-member tickets available to purchase for individual screenings early in the new year (see below).

The season, which runs until June 2022 with screenings on alternate Tuesdays at The Exchange, comprises 19 films of international repute, including features from Europe, Africa, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. See www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk for full details of the programme.

Non-Member Tickets

Please note that this screening will be ‘members only’, although we hope to make non-member tickets available early in the new year, depending upon how the pandemic develops.

When they do become available, non-member tickets will remain at £5 (full-time students £3). Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office – by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online www.exchangetwickenham.co.uk

Richmond Film Society

RFS was formed in 1963 and has since screened well over 800 films. Our objective is to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. Our seasons run from September to June and attract an aggregate audience of over 4,500 attendees.

Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays, with no trailers and no ads. The Bar is open from 7.00pm and remains open after the film. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained.