The Lady in the Portrait (15) - screening
Summerhall - Cinema
This sumptuous costume epic evokes the unique rapport between a French missionary (played by Melvil Poupaud) and the Manchurian empress (Chinese super-star Fan Bingbing) whose portrait he is ordered to paint. The film recounts the feverish moment when the Empress meets the Jesuit painter … a moment when the electric relationship between the painter and his model is caught up in the constraints of the court and its rigid rules of etiquette.
Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Fan Bingbing, King Shih-chieh, Huang Jue, Wu Yue, Sally Chan
Director Charles de Meaux
2017 | France, China | 104 mins
French and Mandarin with English subtitles