SISI & ICH

Sisi & I
Frauke Finsterwalder
D – CH – A, 2023, col., 132’
German – English – French o.v.

Italian premiere

In the late 19th century, Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary – known as Sisi – is living in an aristocratic women-only commune in Greece. Countess Irma is sent there to be Sisi’s companion. The film premiered at Berlinale Panorama 2023.

 

© DCM Bernd Spauke

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht
Fotografia / Photography: Thomas W. Kiennast
Montaggio / Editing: Andreas Menn
Musica / Music: Matteo Pagamici
Suono / Sound: Paul Rischer, Marco Teufen, Gregor Bonse
Costumi / Costume Designer: Tanja Hausner
Interpreti / Cast: Sandra Hüller, Susanne Wolff, Georg Friedrich, Stefan Kurt, Sophie Hutter
Produzione / Produced by: Walker Worm Film GmbH & Co. KG
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Dor Film, C-Films, DCM Film Distribution, Bayerischer Rundfunk – Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts, Südwestrundfunk, Arte, SRF
Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmfernsehfonds Bayern, Bundesbeauftrage für Kultur und Medien, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Digitales, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Zürcher Filmstiftung, BAK, FISA, Filmfonds Wien, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Malta Film Commission
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: The Match Factory
Distribuzione per l’Italia / Distributed in Italy by: Movies Inspired

Late in the 19th century, Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary – known as Sisi – is living in an aristocratic women-only commune in Greece. Countess Irma is sent there to be Sisi’s companion, and she is captivated by the eccentric and extravagant recluse. But the outside world is reaching out to break Sisi. And no matter how much Irma and Sisi resist, in the end they are left with only one fatal path that will bind the two women together forever. The film premiered at Berlinale ‘Panorama’ 2023.

“I knew from the beginning that I would not make the tenth film about Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary. I wanted to find something in these figures who lived in the 19th century that does something to me now, in the present. To tell a story about the age-old, Aristotelian question: What is friendship? And why are friendships made? Out of sympathy? Out of love? Out of calculation? And what happens when the balance of power can never be equal?” (F. Finsterwalder)

Frauke Finsterwalder
Film director and writer, Frauke Finsterwalder was born in 1975 in Hamburg, Germany. After studying Literature and History in Berlin, she worked at various theatres including the Volksbühne on Rosa Luxemburg Platz and later as a journalist. She then studied Film Directing at HFF Munich. Her debut feature film Finsterworld won a number of international awards.

Selected filmography
2005 0.003 km cm / sf 2007 Weil der Mensch ein Mensch ist doc. 2010 Die große Pyramide doc. 2013 Finsterworld; Premi / Awards: Edinburgh IFF – Miglior film narrativo diretto da una donna / Best Female-Directed Narrative 2023 Sisi & Ich (Sisi & I)

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