2017, Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany, 97 min. With Maria Dragus, Devid Streisow.
- Sun, Mar 25th 3:00pm
- Wed, Mar 28th 8:15pm
"Exquisitely crafted…reflects on the plight of women amidst the glaring inequalities of eighteenth century high society." - Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"A subtle and intelligent film…Dragus's performance is a study in precision." - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
In 1777, in a last-ditch bid for a cure, a wealthy Viennese couple commits their ungainly blind daughter Maria (Dragus, of Haneke's THE WHITE RIBBON), a self-taught harpsichord prodigy, to the care of Dr. Franz Mesmer (Streisow), notorious for his unorthodox experiments with hypnotism and magnetic fields. Eschewing romanticism, director Albert (FREE RADICALS) combines historical accuracy and a sumptuous production design with an acutely contemporary sense of class and the mechanics of manipulation, as the talented Maria becomes a pawn between her parents and the ambitious society doctor, but discovers that the possibility of sight comes at a terrible price. In German and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of First Run Features. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)