Mademoiselle Paradis
German Film Festival 2018

Mademoiselle Paradis, film still © Christian Schulz, NGF/Looks

Mademoiselle Paradis

Austria / Germany 2017 (History, Drama)

Festivals (selection): Toronto 2017
Awards (selection): Main Award (Filmkunstfest Sachsen Anhalt) Best Editing (Graz/Diagonale) Thomas Pluch Script Award
Director: Barbara Albert
Screenplay: Kathrin Resetarits,
based on motives from the novel “Mesmerized”
by Alissa Walser
Cinematography: Christine A. Maier
Editor: Niki Mossböck
Music: Lorenz Dangel
With: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow,
Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner
Producers: Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser,
Martina Haubrich,
Gunnar Dedio
Duration: 97 mins
Language: German (with English subtitles)
Rating: M - nudity
Vienna, 1777. The blind 18-year-old “Wunderkind” pianist Maria Theresia Paradis lost her eyesight overnight when she was three years old. After countless failed medical experiments, her parents take her to the estate of controversial “miracle doctor” Franz Anton Mesmer, where she joins a group of outlandish patients. She enjoys the liberal household in a Rococo world and tastes freedom for the first time, but begins to notice that as Mesmer’s treatment brings back her eyesight, she is losing her cherished musical virtuosity.

Text: Films Distribution


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