GENERAL Feature Film
CORSAGE is a Film AG production, co-produced by Samsa Film (LUX), Komplizen Film (GER) and Kazak Productions (FR).
Produced with financial support of
Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria, Lower Austria |
Film Fund Luxembourg | FFF Bavaria | Eurimages
In collaboration with ORF Film/Television‐Agreement, ZDF and ARTE
Christmas 1877. Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, turns 40. This is the average life expectancy of a woman in the late 19th century. Elisabeth is now officially an old woman.
As Empress, her duties are purely ceremonial. She lives imprisoned in courtly ritual, her duties, and the expectations placed upon her. But it is her own larger-than-life image, which she encounters everywhere, that wields the greatest control over her. Paintings and statues show an elegant, beautiful and graceful woman with the rosy complexion of the Bavarian maiden she once was. Whatever she wears is fashion. Her unnaturally narrow waist is a modern beauty ideal, at a time when a voluptuous figure is still considered a status symbol. In the late 19th century, Elisabeth is a role model, idolised and criticised in equal measure, who always has to live up to the demands of the nobility and the common folk.
Elisabeth knows that her time is running out. At the age of forty, she will not be able to remain a symbol of beauty for long. She works doggedly at her gymnastics and eats almost nothing to remain slim; she endures daily weighing, measurement, lacing, hairdressing and beauty creams, and spends her nights slathered in raw meat, supposed to keep her skin young. But what else does she have left, if people no longer worship her, but merely respect her? What will her raison d'être be?
VICKY KRIEPS Empress Elisabeth
KATHARINA LORENZ Marie Festetics
JEANNE WERNER Ida Ferenczy
FLORIAN TEICHTMEISTER Emperor Franz Joseph
MANUEL RUBEY Ludwig II, King of Bavaria
AARON FRIESZ Crown Prince Rudolf
TAMÁS LENGYEL Gyula Andrássy
ALMA HASUN Fanny Feifalik
LILLY MARIE TSCHÖRTNER Marie Sophie of Bavaria
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Marie Kreutzer
DOP Judith Kaufmann
EDITOR Ulrike Kofler
PRODUCTION DESIGN Martin Reiter
COSTUME DESIGN Monika Buttinger
MAKE-UP DESIGN Maike Heinlein, Helene Lang
SOUND MIX Alain Goniva, Carlo Thoss
CASTING Rita Waszilovicz
PRODUCERS Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz
CO-PRODUCERS Bernard Michaux, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Jani Thiltges, Claude Waringo, Amaury Ovis