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THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT

When the beautiful Ulanara spies her husband, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, filled with longing and undying love, before the portrait of his late first wife, she is overcome with jealousy. She implores the Emperor to commission a portrait of her, as well, in the hope of arousing the same desire in him. The Emperor chooses French Jesuit painter, Jean Denis Attiret (Melvil Poupaud), for the delicate task that is to follow.

Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing turns in an understated, very moving performance as a proud Empress deeply wounded by her husband’s neglect. Director Charles de Meaux also served as cinematographer on this exquisitely photographed, sumptuous period piece set in the 18th-century Imperial Court of China and loosely based on a true story… and the haunting portrait it left behind.

THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT (LE PORTRAIT INTERDIT) will be screening as part of the Women Make History series at  COLCOA 2018.

RSVP and ticket sales will stay open throughout the festival, up to 24 hours before the film screening. Tickets will also be on sale at the theater on the day of the screening. 


THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT
Directed by: Charles De Meaux
Written by: Charles De Meaux, Michel Fessler, Mian Mian
Starring: Fan Bingbing (Empress Ulanara), Melvil Poupaud (Brother Attiret), Jin Shi Jye (Intendant General Chen), Huang Jue (Emperor Quian Long), Thibault De Montalembert (Brother Castiglione), Féodor Atkine (Brother Paul)
International Sales: All Rights Entertainment

Screening as part of the COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles on April 25, 2018 

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