Un Certain Regard – Best Performance (ex-aequo)
Directed by: Marie Kreutzer
Country: Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France
Length: 113 min.
Empress Elisabeth 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 Elisabeth’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. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
Vircky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Katharina Lorenz, Jeanne Werner, Colin Morgan