Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Mademoiselle Paradis

Year: 2017
Language: German
Run Time: 97 minutes

Mademoiselle Paradis
Mademoiselle Paradis
Mademoiselle Paradis
Mademoiselle Paradis

Therese Paradis suddenly goes blind at a young age. In the darkness of her world, she grows into an extraordinarily gifted pianist. Paraded in 18th century Austrian society as a talented freak, she is captive to both the ridicule of unforgiving fashion choices and her position-conscious family. Her parents, hearing of a possible cure, take her to the asylum of Dr. Mesmer, who is conducting controversial experiments with magnetic fluids. When Therese begins to regain her sight, this miracle threatens to also become a curse. The only world she has ever known must now reconcile itself to the world as it is. The very nature of beauty and truth, as well as the core of her astounding talent, are thrown into question. MADEMOISELLE PARADIS is a meticulous, intelligent, and elegant historical drama. Based on a true story, it deals with the struggle of one who is truly different, battling the ignorance and bigotry of the world around her. Its message echoes through the centuries to the present day. (In German and French with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Music Movies Competition


Barbara Albert

Barbara Albert was born in 1970 in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing and scriptwriting at the Vienna Film School and has gone on to write, direct, and produce many film projects. Albert heads the production company Coop 99.

Der andern eine Grube gräbt (1991), Und raus bist du (1992), Slidin' - Alles bunt und wunderbar (1998), Nordrand (1999), State of the Nation: Austria in Six Chapters (2002), Free Radicals (2003), Falling (2006), The Dead and the Living (2012), MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (2017)

Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Martina Haubrich, Gunnar Dedio

Kathrin Resetarits

Christine A. Maier

Niki Mossböck

Principal Cast
Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner

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