30.09. - 09.10.2021

Mademoiselle Paradis Germany, Austria 2017 | 97 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Barbara Albert

BARBARA ALBERT (*1970) is one of Austria's best known female directors and won numerous prizes for her films Nordrand [Northern Skirts] (1999), Böse Zellen [Free Radicals] (2003), Fallen [Falling] (2006) and Die Lebenden [The Dead and the Living] (2012).

rated for 0 + years

Vienna, 1777. Despite having lost her sight at an early age, 18-year old Maria Theresia »Resi« Paradis (Maria Dragus) is celebrated in Viennese society as a musical wunderkind. After numerous unsuccessful treatments, she comes into the care of Doctor Franz Anton Mesmer (Devid Striesow) a controversial figure due to his new methods. At the Mesmer house, between Rococo and Enlightenment, among a collection of odd patients and with the help of the maid Agnes, Resi feels free at last. When she begins to see things for the first time, she discovers to her horror that she seems to be simultaneously losing her musical virtuosity. Licht is a dense historical drama based on Alissa Walser's novel Am Anfang war die Nacht Musik.

Original title: Licht
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Barbara Albert
Screenplay: Kathrin Resetarits
Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner
Producer: Michael Kitzberger, Martina Haubrich, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Gunnar Dedio
Director of Photography: Christine A. Maier
Music: Lorenz Dangel
Production Design: Katharina Wöppermann
Editor: Niki Mossböck
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Heinrich Mis (ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen), Holger Stern (ZDF / ARTE)
Format: dcp
German Distributor: farbfilm verleih
World Sales: Films Distribution
Production: NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion; LOOKS Filmproduktion
Contact: LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen GmbH:


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