Synopsis : Empress Elisabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sissi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elisabeth’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 Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
Festival History : Cannes Film Festival
Producer : Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz
DOP : Judith Kaufmann BVK
Editor : Ulrike Kofler
Cast : Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Katharina Lorenz, Jeanne Werner, Alma Hasun, Colin Morgan
Marie Kreutzer worked as a script supervisor and made a variety of award-winning shorts. Her debut, The Fatherless (2011), was shown and awarded at the Berlinale Panorama Special 2011. This was followed by Gruber is Leaving (2015) and We Used To Be Cool (2016), which were awarded at festivals.