“Corsage” by Marie Kreutzer, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, launched its first clip exclusively with Variety (below). MK2 Films handles international sales. Ad Vitam will distribute the film in France.
“Corsage” stars Vicky Krieps, who broke out in Oscar-nominated “Phantom Thread.” Last year, she starred in Mia Hansen-Løve’s ‘Bergman Island’, in competition at Cannes, and was nominated for a César for ‘Hold Me Tight’ by Mathieu Amalric. She will soon be seen in Pathe’s big-budget two-part film “The Three Musketeers.”
“Corsage” centers on Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The monarch is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends, but in 1877, “Sissi” – as she is known – turns 40 and has to fight to maintain her public image by lacing up her corset more tighter. While Elisabeth’s role has been reduced against her will to a purely performative role, her thirst for knowledge and her joie de vivre make her increasingly restless in Vienna.
She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting old lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties ahead of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
Other cast members in the film include Florian Teichtmeister as Franz Joseph, Katharina Lorenz as Marie Festetics, Jeanne Werner as Ida Ferenczy, Alma Hasun as Fanny Feifalik, and Manuel Rubey as Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.
The producers are Alexander Glehr and Johanna Scherz. The co-producers are Bernard Michaux, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade and Jean-Christophe Reymond. Krieps is an executive producer. Associate producers are Jani Thiltges, Claude Waringo and Amaury Ovise.
The main production company is Film AG. The co-producers are Samsa Film, Komplizen Film, Kazak Productions, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, ZDF/ARTE and ARTE France Cinéma. The film is produced with the support of Austrian Film Institute, Film Fund Luxembourg, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria, Vienna Film Fund, Eurimages, Lower Austria and FilmFernsehFonds Bavaria.