Follow-Up: Céline Sciamma & ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Articles and interviews that may be of interest to those who attended our screening of Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ (15 December 2023) at the Institut français d’Écosse.

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the film, please note that key plot elements may be described or shown in the material listed below.

Interview: Portrait of a Lady on Fire director Céline Sciamma: ‘Ninety percent of what we look at is the male gaze’. (Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 01 March 2020)

Cinematography: Claire Mathon AFC on Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Claire Mathon,, March 6th, 2020)

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze” (By Rachel Syme, 4 March 2020 | The New Yorker)

Interview: Céline Sciamma, Adèle Haenel & Noémie Merlant on Portrait of a Lady on Fire (NYFF57 | Film at Lincoln Center)

No man’s land: Céline Sciamma on Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Isabel Stevens, 8 December 2022 | Sight & Sound)

CÉLINE SCIAMMA Screen Talk with Tricia Tuttle (BFI London Film Festival 2019)

How Good Filmmaking Brings a Script to Life: This video is an in-depth breakdown of the midpoint scene of ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’. (Lessons from the Screenplay)

Céline Sciamma discusses her writing process and the importance of giving agency back to her female characters. Céline Sciamma | (BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. 12 February 2020)

How ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Reveals Its Secrets (30 March 2020 | Spikima Movies)

How ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ crafts a female gaze (elle literacy, 6 April 2021)