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Empress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sisi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elizabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Hungary, visiting former lovers and political allies, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth rebels against the hyperbolised image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
|Language spoken:||German, French, English, Hungarian|
|Key cast:||Vicky Krieps, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister, Jeanne Werner, Manuel Rubey|
|Producers:||Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz, Bernard Michaux, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond|
May 20, 2022Cannes (Un Certain Regard)
Best Performance Prize for Vicky Krieps + Best Creative Sound Design (Cannes), Heart of Sarajevo Best Actress for Vicky Krieps (Sarajevo)
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WithSamsa Film (LUX), Komplizen Film (DE), Kazak Productions (FR)
Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE at Cannes
We’re so thrilled that Marie Kreutzer’s film is part of the prestigious Cannes Sélection Officielle and celebrates its world premiere at Un Certain Regard. CORSAGE, starring Vicky Krieps in the role of Austrian empress Elisabeth, was produced by Austrian Film AG in co-production with Samsa Film (LUX), Komplizen Film (D) and Kazak Productions (F). International sales are handled by: MK2
«She becomes increasingly furious with her own image.»
Some historical sources put the figure at 45 cm. Apparently a tape measure would only have to be that long to completely encompass the waist of the Habsburg Empress Elizabeth. However, if the legendary beauty had difficulty breathing at the imperial court in Vienna it was due not only to her extremely tight-laced corset but also to the attitudes and conventions which permitted the Emperor’s wife no other function than to be a beautiful appendage at his side. Marie Kreutzer focuses on Elisabeth’s 40th birthday as a turning point which prompts her to withdraw gradually from this suffocating confinement. In CORSAGE she creates a portrait of a woman whose potential goes far beyond the limitations of the period.
«She was an influencer of the late 19th century.»
The demands placed upon the Costume Department of CORSAGE were twofold in nature. Alongside the task of creating the gowns worn by Elisabeth and her entourage they also faced the perhaps greater challenge of creating efficient and wearable corsets to go underneath the fine material, to reproduce the astonishing waist measurements of the Habsburg empress. Interesting insights provided by Costume Designer Monika Buttinger.
Un Certain Regard:
Best Performance Prize to
Marie Kreutzer and her terrific leading actress Vicky Krieps have set Cannes abuzz. Vicky Krieps wins the Un Certain Regard BEST PERFORMANCE Prize for her outstanding work in the role Elisabeth from Austria in Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE. The filmwas also awarded for Best Creative Sound Design.
KARLOVY VARY 2022
with eight films
made in Austria
Discover the fabulous Austrian presence at the 56th KARLOVY VARY IFF (July 1 to 9, 2022) kviff, with no less than seven feature length and one short film on the screens. A line-up including Leni Lauritsch’ Sci-Fi directorial debut RUBIKON that will make its first festival appearance between two major releases in the US and UK.
SARAJEVO 2022 with 3 Austrian films in competition
Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE and Ruth Mader’s SERVIAM – I WILL SERVE, both released at top festivals this spring and summer, will also be vying for the Heart of Sarajevo. Thomas Fürhapter’s LIVING TOGETHER is a contender in the Documentary competion. Ulrich Seid’s Golden Bear entry RIMINI will be presented In Focus.
CORSAGE is the Austrian entry for Best International Feature Film
Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE, starring Vicky Krieps, is the Austrian entry to the Oscar race for Best International Feature Film. Vicky Krieps is the winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes Un Certain Regard and the Heart of Sarajevo for her outstanding performance in the role of Empress Elisabeth.
San Sebastián with SPARTA, CORSAGE and MUTZENBACHER
The San Sebastián IFF is hosting the world premiere of Ulrich Seidl's SPARTA in its Golden Shell competition, the second part of Seidl's brother diptych (together with RIMINI). Also invited – two of our highly performing festival faves 2022 – CORSAGE by Marie Kreutzer and MUTZENBACHER by Ruth Beckermann who will also be holding a masterclass.