Winner of the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes this year, Portrait is a finely judged, feverish and unforgettable story of love, memory and connection. Set in 18th Century Brittany, the beautifully shot period drama focusses on the romance between Marianne, an artist who is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. But Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and a reluctant subject, and the painting must be done in secret, from memory. The long gazes that this requires from Marianne are reciprocated and lead to something unexpected – an attraction and longing that are forbidden. It’s a simple narrative, but filled with tension, tenderness and restrained erotic rapture, with themes around female choice, objectification, sexual freedom, intimacy and desire.
The Regent cinema was built in 1947 and retains many of the beautiful old features of that era, mixed with the latetest projection and sound equipment. The Regent specialises in presenting international art house films, together with a selection of the best from Hollywood - and They are fully licensed so you can enjoy a quiet glass of wine or one of the famous local beers in our beautiful foyer or on our balcony overlooking the quaint towm of Murwillambah.