IFC Films Acquires Hot Cannes Title “Corsage” Starring Vicky Krieps

IFC Films has secured the North American rights to Corsage, Marie Kreutzer’s bold costume drama starring Vicky Krieps as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sissi.

The film, which is represented in international markets by MK2 Films, had its world premiere at Un Certain Regard in Cannes to unanimous praise. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed films to play at the Cannes Film Festival so far and has been circled by several other distributors. IFC Films also just secured the North American rights to Cristian Mungius’ RMN, another Cannes film, ahead of its world premiere at the festival.

The focus of “Corsage” is Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The monarch is idolized for her beauty and known for inspiring fashion trends, but “Sissi” – as she is known – celebrates her 40th birthday in 1877 and has to fight to protect her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elisabeth’s role was reduced against her will to a purely performative one, her thirst for knowledge and her zest for life made her increasingly restless in Vienna.

She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, and searching for the excitement and meaning of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties ahead of her, Elisabeth rebels against her overblown self-image and hatches a plan to protect her legacy.

Krieps, who broke through in the Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread, is also known for her role in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island, which screened in competition at Cannes. She was nominated for a César for Mathieu Amalric’s Hold Me Tight and recently completed Pathé’s big-budget two-part film The Three Musketeers.

Krieps’ performance as the restless Empress was widely applauded by critics, including himself diversity is Jessica Kiang, who said it was Krieps’ “best showcase for her defiantly idiosyncratic vibe since ‘Phantom Thread;'” and described the film as a “hilarious subversion of biopic and costume drama clichés.”

“Corsage” was produced by A Film AG, in co-production with Samsa Film, Komplizen Film, Kazak Productions, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abvertrag, ZDF/ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma.

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/ifc-films-corsage-vicky-krieps-1235274782/ IFC Films Acquires Hot Cannes Title “Corsage” Starring Vicky Krieps

Charles Jones

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