“Great talent demands great sacrifice in Licht – Mademoiselle Paradis, an exquisitely crafted period drama telling the true story of blind musician Maria Theresia von Paradis and pioneering physician Dr Franz Mesmer. The personal tale also reflects on the plight of women amidst the glaring inequalities of eighteenth century European high society. (…) Blind since the age of three, Maria is both admired and pitied by a society that swoons over the sublime sensitivity of her playing. Her parents regard her as a mixture of breadwinner and prize possession, but agree to her treatment at the hands of Mesmer (Devid Striesow). (…) Across all of its elements, Mademoiselle Paradis illustrates a rich selection of themes from the class divide of the period to the treatment of the afflicted and the plight of Maria as a young woman given no say in her own future. (…) A superb performance from Maria Dragus (The White Ribbon) pulls Maria from the pages of history making her alive and emotional, vulnerable to every harsh word and casual insult. She creates a deeply sympathetic figure trapped between the conflicting demands of life and art.” (Allan Hunter, Screen)

Around The World in 14 Films 2017, presented by Nicolas Wackerbarth – in attendance of directress Barbara Albert and cast

With the support of Fitz + Skoglund Agents


Theatrical release Germany: 1st February 2018!


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

ET: Mademoiselle Paradis
Country: Germany, Austria 2017
Production: NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, LOOKS Filmproduktion, Arte
Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner
Format: DCP / colour
Length: 97 min.
Language: German OV / English subtitles
Distribution Germany: Farbfilm
Festivals: Toronto, San Sebastián, Hamburg, London, Rome, Vienna etc.