“Ultimately what is most feminist in the film is that I managed to make it,” considers its director Frauke Finsterwalder.
The myth of Sissi the Empress is constantly reinventing itself. After the countless rebroadcasts of the saga of Ernst Marischka with Romy Schneider, the enthusiasm for the Empress of Austria is still palpable.
In Sissi & me, Frauke Finsterwalder rekindles the flame by focusing on his relationship with Irma Sztáray, the one who was Sissi’s last lady-in-waiting (Susanne Wolff). After Anatomy of a fall, Sandra Hüller, winner of best actress (European Cinema Prize 2016) gives her talent in this role which is both sensitive and comic. His character accompanies the monarch in her chic nomadic lifestyle. In a frivolous spirit, the two young women travel hand in hand through different landscapes. From Carfou to Algiers, Sissi educates Irma and tactfully addresses the notion of the body, its freedoms and demands.
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The director of Red herrings stages an ode to feminism in a royal and yet so uninhibited register. In the same way as Bodice of Marie Kreutzer, Sissi & me offers a rebellious version of the Empress, a revenge on the obedient Sissi once played by Romy Schneider. “Ultimately what is most feminist in the film is that I managed to direct it”, considers director Frauke Finsterwalder in the press release accompanying this video.
Sissi & me will be released in theaters on October 25.
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