Die Gräfin

Die Gräfin

Deutschland / Frankreich 2008/2009, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Countess

Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. Countess Erzebet Bathory is considered to be the most powerful woman in the land – beautiful, intelligent, and unwilling to accept the right of men to change the rules of this world as they please. At a party she meets a much younger man, Istvan. The two fall passionately in love with each other. But their happiness is short-lived: Istvan′s father, Count Thurzo, forces his son to stop seeing Erzebet and begins to unfold a conspiratorial plan. His plot works: suspecting that she has been rebuffed on account of the considerable age difference and, driven by desire and disappointment, Erzebet succumbs to the bizarre idea that the blood of young female virgins will give her eternal youth and beauty. As a result, more and more young women are brought to her castle. Erzebet′s delusional behaviour goes from bad to worse. Finally – much too late – she realises that she is the victim of a political power struggle and conspiracy led by her lover′s father…

The real Erzebet Bathory was born into an influential aristocratic family. She was married off at an early age to a Hungarian count with whom she had five children. Her wealth and her family′s influence gave rise to doubts in the 1980s about the trial of 1610, during which her servants were tortured and forced to testify that their mistress was responsible for the death of over 150 girls. Three of her servants were sentenced and burnt at the stake; Erzebet herself was incarcerated in a castle until her death in 1614. During the 19th century her story was retold in many works of literature.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Julie Delpy
Screenplay:Julie Delpy
Director of photography:Martin Ruhe
Editing:Andrew Bird
Music:Julie Delpy
  
Cast: 
Julie DelpyErzebet Bathory
Daniel BrühlIstvan Thurzo
William HurtGyorgy Thurzo
Anamaria MarincaDarvulia
Sebastian BlombergDominic Vizakna
Charly HübnerFerenc Nadasky
Anna Maria MüheBertha
Frederick LauJanos
Adriana AltarasKlara
André M. HennickeAndreas Berthoni
Anna HausburgKasia von Rosenheim
Maria SimonHelena
Katrin PollittDorothea
Nikolai KinskiLehrer
Andy GätjenMiklos
Rolf KaniesGraf Krajevo
Justus KammererPaul
Helen WoigkNadia
Henriette ConfuriusKayla
Nora von WaldstättenKati von Kraj
  
Production company:X Filme International (Wolfsburg)
Producer:Andro Steinborn

All Credits

Director:Julie Delpy
Screenplay:Julie Delpy
Director of photography:Martin Ruhe
Titles / Opticals:Lena Dickmann
Production design:Astrid Poeschke
Production design:Hubert Pouille
Art director:Astrid Poeschke
Make-up artist:Heiko Schmidt, Kerstin Gaecklein
Costume design:Pierre-Yves Gayraud
Editing:Andrew Bird
Sound:Dirk Bombey
Casting:Anja Dihrberg, Jacqueline Rietz
Music:Julie Delpy
  
Cast: 
Julie DelpyErzebet Bathory
Daniel BrühlIstvan Thurzo
William HurtGyorgy Thurzo
Anamaria MarincaDarvulia
Sebastian BlombergDominic Vizakna
Charly HübnerFerenc Nadasky
Anna Maria MüheBertha
Frederick LauJanos
Adriana AltarasKlara
André M. HennickeAndreas Berthoni
Anna HausburgKasia von Rosenheim
Maria SimonHelena
Katrin PollittDorothea
Nikolai KinskiLehrer
Andy GätjenMiklos
Rolf KaniesGraf Krajevo
Justus KammererPaul
Helen WoigkNadia
Henriette ConfuriusKayla
Nora von WaldstättenKati von Kraj
  
Production company:X Filme International (Wolfsburg)
in co-production with:Celluloid Dreams (Paris), Tempête sous un Crâne (Paris)
Producer:Andro Steinborn
Co-Producer:Hengameh Panahi, Matthew Chausse, Christopher Tuffin
Executive producer:Skady Lis, Christian Baute, Chris Coen, Martin Shore, Gordon Steel
Associate producer:Stefan Arndt, Manuela Stehr, Norbert Preuss
Pre-production:Benno Pastewka (Location Scout)
Shoot:18.02.2008-19.04.2008: Berlin und Umgebung, Sachsen, Thüringen
Original distributor:X Verleih AG (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutsch-Französisches Filmabkommen (DE FR), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)
Length:2729 m, 100 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.03.2009, 117469, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Special;
Kinostart (DE): 25.06.2009

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Die Gräfin
Weiterer Titel The Countess
Weiterer Titel (FR) La comtesse

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Original

Length:2729 m, 100 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.03.2009, 117469, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Special;
Kinostart (DE): 25.06.2009
 

Awards

FBW 2009
Prädikat: wertvoll
 

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