a film ag production (austria), in co-production with samsa film (lux), komplizen film (germany), kazak productions (france) and orf film/fernseh-abkommen, zdf/arte and arte cinéma. in collaboration with arte france. funded by austrian film institute, film fund luxembourg, fisa – film industry support austria, vienna film fund, eurimages, land niederöstterich and filmfernsehfonds bavaria.

Christmas 1877: The Empress Elisabeth of Austria celebrates her 40th birthday. In her representative role at the side of her husband Emperor Franz Joseph, she is not allowed to voice an opinion, and instead must forever remain the young and beautiful empress. In order to live up to this expectation, she adheres to a rigorous regimen of fasting, exercising, hairdressing and daily measurements of her waist. But Elisabeth has a hunger for knowledge and zest for life, increasingly rebels against the hyperbolised image of herself, and is no longer willing to live life constrained by a courtly corset.

Kaiserin Elisabeth Vicky Krieps
Kaiser Franz JosephFlorian Teichtmeister
Maria FesteticsKatharina Lorenz
Ida FerenczyJeanne Werner
Fanny FeifalikAlma Hasun
Ludwig II, König von BayernManuel Rubey
Louis Le PrinceFinnegan Oldfield
RudolfAaron Friesz
ValerieRosa Hajjaj
Marie, Königin beider SizilienLilly Marie Tschörtner
Bay MiddletonColin Morgan
Written and directed byMarie Kreutzer
ProducersAlexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz
Co-producersBernard Michaux, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond
Executive ProducerVicky Krieps
Associative ProducerJani Thiltges, Claude Waringo, Amaury Ovise
Director of PhotographyJudith Kaufmann bvk
EditorUlrike Kofler
Production DesignerMartin Reiter
Costume DesignerMonika Buttinger
Make-UpMaike Heinlein, Helene Lang
Sound MixerAlain Goniva, Carlo Thoss
Sound DesignNicolas Leroy, Angelo dos Santos
Re-Recording MixerLoïc Collignon
Production ManagerGottlieb Pallendorf
CastingRita Waszilovics
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International Press Contact Film Promotion Susan Norget
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