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Corsage

Corsage

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Sat 13 Aug 2022
  • 1:30—3:25PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

Marie Kreutzer’s bold and subversive costume drama features an imperious Vicky Krieps as the restless Empress Elisabeth of Austria, struggling to break free from the restrictive confines of courtly life.

“Phantom Thread star Vicky Krieps puts in a terrific performance as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who is turning 40. In the Vienna of 1877, that’s basically considered over the hill. Famed for her beauty and figure, she instructs her staff to lace her bodice – or ‘corsage’ – ever tighter as gossips whisper that she’s put on weight. Writer-director Marie Kreutzer explores the contrast between her ceremonial public image and her personal desires in a film that would make a good companion piece to the recent Diana film Spencer.

This is a woman who is restrained not just by her clothing, but by the expectations of society. She has a complicated relationship with her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph (Florian Teichtmeister), but enjoys flirtations with several men as she travels to England and Bavaria. She visits hospitals in her finery, dispensing beautifully wrapped perfumed sweets to patients. As she watches a woman chained up and screaming, presumed mad, you can’t help wondering if Elisabeth might have been in that position herself, were it not for the accident of her noble birth…

The Favourite and Marie Antoinette also spring to mind when watching this formally unconventional story of an unhappy royal. But Kreutzer has her own style of revisionist feminist history, and aided by Krieps’ bold and brilliant turn, it’s riveting stuff.” — Anna Smith, Time Out

2022 | Drama | 112 min | Dir. Marie Kreutzer

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