Empress Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth’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 in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth rebels against the hyperbolised image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.

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Direction: Marie Kreutzer
Script: Marie Kreutzer
Cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
Editing: Ulrike Kofler
Sound: Nicolas Leroy, Angelo Dos Santos, Alain Goniva, Carlo Thoss
Music: Camille
Actors: Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Katharina Lorenz, Jeanne Werner, Alma Hasun, Manuel Rubey, Finnegan Oldfield
Production: Film AG
Producers: Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz
Co-production: Samsa Film, Komplizen Film, Kazak Productions, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, ZDF/ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma
Co-producers: Bernard Michaux, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond
Costumes: Monika Buttinger
Production Design: Martin Reiter
Executive producer: Vicky Krieps
Make Up: Maike Heinlein, Helene Lang
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 112΄
Distribution in Greece: Cinobo
Contact: Mk2 Films
Awards/Distinctions: Best Performance Award (Vicky Krieps) (Un Certain Regard) – Cannes Film Festival 2022, RTVE “Otra Mirada” Award – San Sebastián IFF 2022, Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Actress (Vicky Krieps) – Sarajevo FF 2022

Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer, born in Graz, is one of Austria’s most important and established filmmakers. After graduating from the AHS Modellschule, an alternative school with an artistic focus, she began her studies at the Film Academy Vienna in the field of screenwriting and dramaturgy with Walter Wippersberg and graduated with distinction. Afterwards, she worked as a script supervisor and in continuity in cinema and TV productions and made a variety of award winning short feature films, which were shown at numerous festivals. Her first feature film, The Fatherless (2011), has been shown and awarded at numerous festivals, including the Berlinale Panorama Special 2011. In addition to her work as a director, she worked as a lecturer at the Vienna Film Academy and as a screenwriter and dramaturge. Marie Kreutzer has been a board member of the Drehbuchverband und Drehbuchforum Austria since 2007 and a member of the supervisory board of the Austrian Film Institute since 2017.


2001 Cappy Leit (short)
2006 White Box (short)
2011 The Fatherless
2015 Gruber Is Leaving
2016 We Used to Be Cool
2019 The Ground Beneath My Feet
2022 Corsage