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MademoiselleParadis

a Barbara Albert Film

Synopsis

Mademoiselle Paradis

Vienna, 1777. Maria Theresia (“Resi”) Paradis, 18 years old, is blind, and a pianist of remarkable talent. Resi lost her eyesight literally overnight when she was three. After countless failed medical experiments, her overprotective parents seek out a controversial “miracle doctor,” Franz Anton Mesmer, as their last hope for a cure. For Dr. Mesmer, the chance to successfully treat the young girl could lead to fame and fortune.

Resi moves into the estate of the doctor and his wife, where in the company of other patients she tastes personal freedom for the first time. And Mesmer’s treatments seem to have almost immediate success. However, Resi soon notices that as her sight is beginning to return, her musical virtuosity is declining. She becomes aware that being part of society as a seeing person comes at too high a price if it can mean the loss of her inner world of music.

Info

Technical Data

Genre Drama

Length 97 Minutes

Production Country Austria/Germany

Production Year 2017

Original Language German

Screening Format DCP

Aspect Ratio 1:2,35 (Scope)

Frames/Sec. 24

Colour Colour

Sound Format Dolby Atmos/7.1/5.1

Film Locations Austria (Vienna, Lower Austria),
Germany, Czech Republic

credits

Cast

Maria Dragus

as Maria Theresia Paradis

Devid Striesow

as Franz Anton Mesmer

Lukas Miko

as Joseph Anton Paradis

Katja Kolm

as Maria Rosalia Paradis

Maresi Riegner

as Agnes

Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg

as Maria von Posch (Mesmer's Wife)

Stefanie Reinsperger

as Johanna, the Cook

Christoph Luser

as Count Pellegrini

Susanne Wuest

as Miss Ossine

Crew

Regie
Barbara Albert
Director
BARBARA ALBERT
Script
KATHRIN RESETARITS
Based on the novel MESMERIZED by ALISSA WALSER
DOP
CHRISTINE A. MAIER
Set Design
KATHARINA WÖPPERMANN
Costume Design
VERONIKA ALBERT
Makeup Design
HELENE LANG
Sound
DIETMAR ZUSON
CASTING
LISA OLÁH
Editor
NIKI MOSSBÖCK
Music
LORENZ DANGEL
Pianoforte
SONJA LEIPOLD
SOUND DESIGN
CHRISTIAN CONRAD
Sound Mix
ALEXANDER KOLLER
VFX
MATTHIAS HALIBRAND
GRADING
STEFAN CIUPEK
CO-PRODUCTION & PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

URSULA WOLSCHLAGER, ROBERT BUCHSCHWENTER, WITCRAFT
Project Management
GERHARD HANNAK, ALEXANDER SÄIDOW
Executive Producers
MICHAEL KITZBERGER, JAN MÜLLER
Producers
MICHAEL KITZBERGER, MARTINA HAUBRICH, WOLFGANG WIDERHOFER, NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER, MARKUS GLASER, GUNNAR DEDIO
A production of NGF NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER FILMPRODUKTION GMBH and LOOKS FILMPRODUKTIONEN GMBH

Director

Director's Statement about Mademoiselle Paradis

When I first read about Maria Theresia Paradis, I fell in love immediately. I am fascinated not only by her character—this gifted and sensitive, big, blind, and not too attractive child who is shoved around by her parents and by society—but also by the glimpse her story provides into the bourgeois and aristocratic society of Rococo Vienna. MADEMOISELLE PARADIS tells the tale of a social system based on prohibitions and repression, and of women who try to come to terms with it and find their own space and freedom within its restrictive structures.

Thus, I understand MADEMOISELLE PARADIS not as an escape into the aesthetics of the past, but as a variation on a perpetual and deeply human issue: the constant tension between subordination and adaptation on the one hand, and the determination, on the other hand, to rise above the ordinary.

Beyond that, I want to take the audience on an emotional and sensual journey that challenges the concept of genius in the context of an historical narrative, and that draws our attention to our own often subconscious sensations and their significance in our own lives.

MADEMOISELLE PARADIS is about what and how we see, and about when and whether we should trust what we see.

Short Vita

Born in Vienna in 1970, Barbara Albert studied directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film Academy. After having introduced her short films at several festivals, her first feature film NORDRAND was internationally acclaimed after its screening in the competition of Venice Int. Film Festival in 1999.

In the same year Barbara Albert founded the production company coop99, together with Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda. She worked as producer on GRBAVICA, DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE, SLEEPER and LOVELY RITA. As a writer she has worked together with the writer/ directors Jasmila Zbanic, Andrea Staka, Ruth Mader and Michael Glawogger.

After FREE RADICALS, FALLING and THE DEAD AND THE LIVING, which premiered in the competitions of San Sebastian, Venice and Locarno, MADEMOISELLE PARADIS is Barbara Albert’s 5th feature film. Her films have received numerous awards. She is a teacher and vice president of the Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam and has been living in Berlin since 2010.

In 2016 she co-founded Berlin-based production company CALA Film, together with the producers of MADEMOISELLE PARADIS, Martina Haubrich and Michael Kitzberger.

Dates

In Cinema

Theatrical Release Austria

November 10, 2017

Theatrical Release Germany

February 1, 2018

Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017

WORLD PREMIERE
September 8, 2017
Platform section (competition)
Festival website

International Film Festival San Sebastian 2017

EUROPEAN PREMIERE
September 25, 2017
in competition
Festival website

Viennale International Film Festival 2017

AUSTRIAN PREMIERE
October 19 - November 2, 2017
Festival Website

Contact

PRODUCTION
Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
Hildebrandgasse 2
1180 Vienna | Austria
T/F: +43 1 40 30 162
info@geyrhalterfilm.com
www.geyrhalterfilm.com
Silvia Burner
burner@geyrhalterfilm.com
PRESS AUSTRIA
Susanne Auzinger PR
T: +43 664 2639228
susanne@auzinger-pr.com
www.auzinger-pr.com
MARKETING
Maxie Klein
Filmladen Filmverleih GmbH
Mariahilferstraße 58/7
1070 Vienna | Austria
T: +43 1 523 43 62 44
m.klein@filmladen.at
www.filmladen.at
SALES AUSTRIA
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office@filmladen.at
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WORLD SALES
Films Distribution
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