Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Hold Me Tight) is at once luminous, defiant and tragic in this inventive historical drama about the reign of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, wife of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Known affectionately as “Sisi” and revered for her beauty, Elisabeth must maintain her idolized, isolated perch despite the creeping realization that, at 40, “a person begins to disperse and fade.” She fights back with small acts of defiance and an increasingly restless spirit as she gallops toward her fate. See how many of director Maria Kreutzer’s “purposeful anachronisms” you can spot as you watch Sisi’s story unfurl. Screened at FilmColumbia 2022.
A NYT Critic’s Pick
Winner, Best Performance, Un Certain Regard, 2022 Cannes Film Festival
“[A] bold, visually striking and ingeniously anachronistic portrait of an empress in complicated rebellion.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A witty subversion of biopic and costume-drama clichés.” — Jessica Klang, Variety
Vicky Krieps, Colin Morgan, Tamás Lengyel
German, French, English, Hungarian, Italian
Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France