Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)

Showed at Images 9/17/2018

Starring: Susanne Wuest, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Stefanie Reinsperger, Lukas Miko, Theresa Martini, Sascha Merényi, Katja Kolm, Thomas Anton, Julia Pointner, Attila Beke, Maresi Riegner, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Christoph Luser

Featuring an introduction and Q&A with screenwriter Kathrin Resetarits

Nominated for the Platform Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Mademoiselle Paradis, aka Licht, is a sumptuously photographed period piece from director Barbara Albert.

The film tells the true story of Maria Theresia von Paradis, a gifted piano player in Rococo Vienna, who lost her eye-sight as a child. Desperate to cure their daughter, the Paradis family entrust Maria to Dr. Mesmer, a forward-thinking physician. Under his care, Maria slowly recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as she progressively starts to lose her gift for music. Faced with a heavy dilemma, Mademoiselle Paradis will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness.

  • Director: Barbara Albert
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Period Drama

“A superb performance from Maria Dragus pulls Maria from the pages of history making her alive and emotional, vulnerable to every harsh word and casual insult.”

– Screen Daily