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Friday October 6
Director: Marie Kreutzer
2022 / 114min / DCP

“Krieps boldly reimagines the iconic Austrian Empress Elisabeth ‘Sissi’ in Kreutzer’s mischievous biopic, after a long-held fascination led her to propose the concept to Kreutzer, who envisions Sissi’s royal privilege as a gilded cage, particularly as her 40th birthday approaches. Oscillating between the world of the late 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire and imaginative anachronism, the film delves deep into the psyche of a woman navigating a crumbling, tumultuous marriage while facing intensifying scrutiny. Through their collaboration, star and director have woven a poignant portrait of a resolute female political figure emerging from the confines of a melancholic and corseted existence, symbolizing a Europe on the precipice of profound and irreversible change.”—Series curator Adeline Monzier

“A movie about the deep undertows that tug at a female body and soul—about the prison, the beast, the beauty, and the power of it. It’s a very personal uproar that I had inside me for many years—a wound we carry from mothers and grandmothers in our womb, which we can hardly ever name, but most always feel.”—Vicky Krieps

An IFC Films release

Introduction and Q&A with Vicky Krieps on Saturday, October 7th at 3pm, moderated by film critic Ryan Coleman

Part of The Invisible Threads of Vicky Krieps

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