It’s Christmas 1877. The Austrian Empress Elisabeth is celebrating her 40th birthday. She is always in her role of a royal – she is the wife of the Emperor Franz Joseph, respected for her beauty and style. She must never state her opinion and show how smart she is – she has to stay the young and beautiful Empress forever. To meet these expectations, she follows a strict diet, exercises, gets her hair done and measures her waistline daily. However, Elizabeth’s thirst for knowledge and her desire to live are increasingly rebelling against the wrong image of her that prevails, and she no longer wants to live the life constrained by the corsage of the court.
Marie Kreutzer, born in Graz, is one of Austria’s most important and established filmmakers. She studied dramaturgy screenwriting at the Film Academy Vienna and graduated with distinction. Afterwards, she worked as a script supervisor and in continuity in cinema and TV productions and made a variety of award-winning short feature films, which were shown at numerous festivals. Kreutzer’s films Gruber Is Leaving and The Ground Beneath My Feet have been enormous audience successes and are already among the classics of contemporary Austrian film.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Un Certain Regard – Best Performance, Cannes Film Festival 2022
Best Actress, Heart of Sarajevo 2022
Chicago International Film Festival 2022
Jerusalem Film Festival 2022
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Country: Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France
Language: German, French, English, Hungarian
Cast: Colin Morgan, Vicky Krieps, Finnegan Oldfield
Production: Arte France Cinéma, Eurimages, Film AG Produktion
PROGRAMMES: FIRST TWO STEPS, FREE ZONE AND CINEPLEXX