Austria – Germany | 2017 | DCP | Color | 97 min | Barbara Albert
Director: Barbara Albert
Script: Kathrin Resetarits
Producer: Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Martina Haubrich, Gunnar Dedio
Cinematography: Christine A. Maier
Sound: Dietmar Zuson
Music: Lorenz Dangel
Edition: Nikki Mossböck
Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner
Production Company: NGF Geyrhalterfilm GmbH, LOOKS Filmproduktionen
Mademoiselle Paradis is a period piece, situated in 18th century Vienna. A story, focusing on Maria Theresia von Paradis, a contemporary of Mozart. A young woman, facing a heavy dilemma: To decide for an ordinary life in light – or an extraordinary life as a pianist in darkness.
Born in Vienna in 1970, Barbara Albert studied directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film Academy. After having introduced her short films at several festivals, her first feature film Nordrand was internationally acclaimed after its screening in the competition of Venice Film Festival in 1999. In the same year Barbara Albert founded the production company coop99, together with Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda. She worked as producer on Grbavica, Darwin’s Nightmare, Sleeper and Lovely Rita. As a writer she has worked together with the writer/ directors Jasmila Zbanic, Andrea Staka, Ruth Mader and Michael Glawogger.
After Free Radicals, Falling and The dead and the living, which premiered in the competitions of San Sebastian, Venice and Locarno, Mademoiselle Paradis is Barbara Albert’s 5th feature film. Her films have received numerous awards. She is a teacher and vice president of the Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam and has been living in Berlin since 2010.
Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF
Vienna International Film Festival, Viennale
San Sebastian Festival