Corsage

No Pain, No Reign

Vienna 1877: Empress Elizabeth of Austria turns 40. Always famed for her beauty, Elizabeth is also a curious and intelligent woman, with a keen passion for life. But under increased public scrutiny, she finds herself battling between conforming as a mere “trophy” figure with a tiny waist (maintained by her tight corsets), or rebelling against expectations and pursuing the freedom she craves. Actress Vicky Krieps not only stars as Elizabeth, but also originated the idea for Corsage, making it a very personal project for her. She worked closely with director Kreutzer on this stunning retelling of the life of the real empress, and the result is an unconventional costume drama, which presents an alternative, feminist view of this historical figure.

Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival 2022

Toronto International Film Festival2022

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2022

BFI London Film Festival 2022

Belfast Film Festival 2022

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2022

Cork International Film Festival 2022

Awards:

Winner - Best Performance, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2022

Winner - Best Film, BFI London Film Festival 2022

‘In many ways this is a study in anger, and it is an austere and angular picture. Krieps gives an exhilaratingly fierce, uningratiating performance.’

★★★★ Peter Bradshaw , The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2022

‘...Kreutzer has her own style of revisionist feminist history, and aided by Krieps’s bold and brilliant turn, it’s riveting stuff.’

★★★★ Anna Smith , Time Out, Cannes Film Festival 2022