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Mademoiselle Paradis


An enthralling account of the life of a blind pianist whose partially restored sight witnessed a loss in her musicality.


Dir Barbara Albert
Prod Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Martina Haubrich, Gunnar Dedio
Scr Kathrin Resetarits
With Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko
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Barbara Albert’s resplendent drama is based on the true story of Maria Theresia ‘Resi’ von Paradis a gifted blind musician and contemporary of Mozart, paraded through Vienna’s courts to perform. Resi, played by Maria-Victoria Dragus in an impressively visceral performance, is being dragged to another experimental doctor in hope of a cure for her blindness. This one, Dr Mesmer (Devid Striesow) is different. Forming an intense bond with Resi, his unusual methods actually start to work. But as her sight returns, her musical talent seems to diminish. Albert (The Dead and The Living) crafts a sumptuous film with her mostly female crew – notable are exquisite lighting from cinematographer Christine Maier and costumes from Albert’s sister, Veronika. Reflecting on what is required of artists in pursuit of their gifts, probing oblique links between hysteria, sexuality and health, and laying bare grotesque attitudes to disability and female achievement, this is captivating and complex study of a forgotten female artist.

Tricia Tuttle

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Wed 11 Oct.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Barbara Albert, Director

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