Empress Elizabeth 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 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. 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.
With sly inventiveness, wry humour, and a strong feel for visual splendour, Kreutzer guides us through Elisabeth’s world. It’s one of great opulence, but also stifling confinement; the writer-director portrays the luxury and the oppression as two sides of the same coin.
Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) received Best Actress Award at Cannes Film Festival (Un certain regard). Austria nominated the film for the Best International Film Oscar.
Country: Austria, Saksamaa, Luksemburg, Prantsusmaa
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Cast: Vicky Krieps, Colin Morgan, Finnegan Oldfield
Language: German, France, English, Hungary, Italian
Subtitles: Estonian, Russian
Ticket can be bought in advance here or at Kai Art Center before the screening.