Licht

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Licht

Mademoiselle Paradis

Barbara Albert
A/D, 2017
Fiction, 97min, OF

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Licht

Barbara Albert
A/D, 2017
Fiction, 97min, OF

Cast: 
Maria Dragus
Maria Theresia «Resi» Paradis
Devid Striesow
Franz Anton Mesmer
Lukas Miko
Resi's father
Katja Kolm
Resi's mother
Screenplay: 
Kathrin Resetarits
based on the novel «Mesmerized» by Alissa Walser
Sound: 
Dietmar Zuson
Christian Conrad
Alexander Koller
Camera: 
Christine A. Maier
Editor: 
Niki Mossböck
Composer: 
Lorenz Dangel
Decoration: 
Katharina Wöppermann
Costume: 
Veronika Albert

Production: 
NGF Geyrhalter Film
Looks Film
World Sales: 
Films Distribution
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

Set in 1770s Vienna, LICHT follows an aspiring young harpsichordist whose magical playing has already gained notice among high society. A fly in the ointment: the prodigy is a woman, and blind. Maria Theresia von Paradis plays by ear and instinct, with heightened senses, yet her attentive mother and father want nothing more than to restore her sight, by whatever means possible. Maria Theresia and her parents are soon at the doorstep of a physician who is just beginning to establish a reputation in viennese society: Dr. Mesmer. LICHT revolves around this doctor-patient relationship, allowing Albert to delve into a series of themes: gender dynamics; science versus art; age and youth. Mesmer was perceived by the non-acolytes as a bit of a quack, but under his gentle care, Theresia makes seemingly miraculous progress. Meanwhile society grows suspicious, her playing style is affected, and Theresia’s once-supportive family begins to doubt Mesmer. (Toronto Film Festival)

In the presence of Barbara Albert.