Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A Look at Women Film Directors

Portrait of a Lady on Fire kicked off Jim and Teal’s focus on women filmmakers. To help them with their mission, Jim and Teal spoke with Carrie Chalmers, Communications Specialist at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.

Chalmers brought her photographic eye, and love of movies, to the discussion, anchored by the movies of French filmmaker, Celine Sciamma. Although Sciamma’s made four feature films the first dating back to 2007, Jim and Teal only caught up with them in the past week. Sciamma’s first three films are available through the Criterion Channel, and Hulu offers Sciamma’s latest, the critically acclaimed 2019 film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

On Chalmers’ suggestion, Jim and Teal dove into the world of Sciamma and came out very much rewarded. Portrait of a Lady on Fire makes a late entry onto Jim’s top 10 for 2019. He found it to be one of the most rewarding love stories seen in many years.

Chalmers provided keen insight as to why she feels it is essential, as a woman, to support the movies of women filmmakers, and she gave Jim and Teal several excellent suggestions for further viewings.

This episode one might say is thirty years in the making, and you’ll have to take a listen to find out why.

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