Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York in partnership with the European Union
Austria/Germany. Dir. Barbara Albert. 2017, 97 mins. DCP. With Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm. We first see Maria Therese Von Paradis in close-up, in the throes of intense, almost ecstatic emotion, as she plays piano for a group of aristocrats in eighteenth-century Austria. Maria is blind, making her something of a social outcast in the very society that is also making her a star. In Barbara Albert’s sumptuous period film, Maria’s emerging sensitivity and the awakening of her sensuality is set against the oppressive social codes that dominate her life. A curative stay with the controversial Dr. Otto Mesmer awakens Maria but creates a new crisis. Maria Dragus, one of Europe’s rising stars (known for her roles in The White Ribbon and Graduation) gives an amazing performance in the central role.
Free admission. Screening at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73 Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave), Manhattan. For more information and to make a reservation, visit czechcenter.com