The Art Cinema Award was established by the Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (C.I.C.A.E.; International Confederation of Art House Cinemas). Films that have a German distributor can be nominated. The confederation's extensive network will support the distribution of the winning film throughout Europe. Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein is contributing 5,000 euros to the award in support of PR measures by the German distributor.
Jury statement: »Sensitively, precisely and with great ease, Céline Sciamma takes us to a Breton island of the 18th century and tells of the creation of a painting and the love that develops between the painter and the person portrayed. The camerawoman Claire Mathon finds her very own pictorial language and creates each individual shot like her own painting. The themes of this perfectly designed romantic film are consistently and artistically interwoven on all levels, and the chemistry of the two leading actresses Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel is effortlessly transferred to the screen. Set in the past, Portrait of a Lady on Fire negotiates themes that still have universal significance today: Social constraints, role models, transience and memory or the power of the image. The film is not only a great love story, as we have not seen it in the cinema for a long time, but also an encouragement for another way of seeing that is marked by sincerity and the desire to recognize. Portrait of a Lady on Fire has fully convinced and enchanted us with its way of narrating, both in content and visually.«
Bénédicte Latinaud, Cinema Le Bourguet Forcalquier, France
Stefan Messner, Moviemento & City Cinema Linz, Austria
Iris Praefke, Kino Central, Kino Moviemento & Kino Toni Berlin, Germany