Film Festivals in Toronto, London, Hamburg, San Sebastian and Vienna
The new Film MADMOISELLE PARADIS (aka LICHT) by Barbara Albert will be presented at Toronto International
Film Festival 2017, BFI London Film Festival 2017, Filmfest Hamburg 2017, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017 and
at the Viennale.
"... The opening shot of Barbara Albert’s “Mademoiselle Paradis” is one of the most startling medium
close-ups in recent memory [...] Dragus is simply extraordinary.
After a title card states the setting as 1777 Vienna, we move to the start of Therese’s treatment
by the well-known Dr. Mesmer (Devid Striesow).
One of director Albert’s greatest strengths is her establishment of the setting and characters
surrounding Therese and Mesmer. Virtually every supporting figure - most notably Therese’s
chambermaid, Agnes (Maresi Riegner) - is worthy of his or her own film. Even Therese’s mother
and father, Maria (Katja Kolm) and Joseph (Lukas Miko), are more than one-note villains. Their
behavior is often cold and merciless, yet Albert also shows the difficulties each faced as parents
in an unforgiving society. It was a cruel time, a period in which any perceived disability was
cause for banishment. Unless, of course, there was some talent to compensate [...]
“Mademoiselle Paradis” is the fifth film from director Barbara Albert, and for both she and
star Maria Dragus, it is a stunning success..." (The Playlist)
Cinema film "Familienpraxis" shooting finished
The shooting of "Familienpraxis" is finished.
A Film by Jeshua Dreyfus.
Cast: Dimitri Stapfer, Dani Levy, Katja Kolm, Miriam Strübel, Sibylle Canonica
Cinematography: Patrick Tresch
Shooting startet: Cinema film "Familienpraxis"
The shooting for „Familienpraxis“ by Jeshua Dreyfus has just started.
Writer and Director: Jeshua Dreyfus.
Production: TILT Production
New cinema film "Mademoiselle Paradis"
The shooting for MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (aka LICHT) is finshed. The release is planned for 2017.
Diretor: Barbara Albert
Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Katja Kolm, Lukas Miko, Maresi Riegner, Susanne Wuest u.a.
Cinematography: Christine A. Maier
Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, LOOKS Filmproduktionen
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.
The world premiere of Christoph Marthalers play "Hallelujah (Ein Reservat)" was on 18 Februar 2016
at the Volksbühne Berlin. In the saison 2016/2017 the production was set on stage again.