Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)
With actress Maria Dragus in person. Screening followed by discussion and reception
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 和 Graduation) gives an amazing performance in the central role.