Focus Country Germany. Sisi und Ich/ Sisi And I


16th March 2024 | 09:00 PM
Stein Auditorium


Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Drama, History, Biography

132 mins

Frauke Finsterwalder

Festival And Awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2023 - Nominee, Best Feature Film; German Film Award 2023 - Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Nominee, Best Costume


Irma Countess von Sztáray does not have it easy. Shortly before her application to become lady-in-waiting to Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary known as "Sisi", Irma gets a bloody nose from her strict mother in all the excitement. Then, at court, she is put on display like a prize cow and interrogated. At Sisi’s summer residence on Corfu, Irma first has to prove her athleticism in sadistic exercises and is then put on a diet of cocaine extracts before she finally meets the moody and erratic empress in person. In between laxative teas and watery soups, hikes and beauty treatments, the two very different women quickly become close – though only as close as Sisi will allow, naturally. But every summer has an end, and when they return to Vienna, the lives of Sisi and Irma change drastically.

In her wild reinterpretation of the oft-told "Sisi" myth, Frauke Finsterwalder unleashes two acting forces of nature – Susanne Wolff and Sandra Hüller – on each other and allows them to upstage each other. With stunning costumes by Tanja Hausner and set to a soundtrack by Nico, Portishead and Le Tigre, the film transports us to a world dominated by women to which, apart from the queer maids, only the gay Archduke Viktor has access.

  • Cast

    Sandra Hüller-Irma Gräfin von Sztáray

    Susanne Wolff-Elisabeth von Österreich-Ungarn

    Georg Friedrich-Erzherzog Viktor von Österreich

    Stefan Kurt-Graf von Berzeviczy


  • Producer

    Philipp Worm and Tobias Walker

  • Screenplay

    Frauke Finsterwalder and Christian Kracht

  • Cinematography

    Thomas Kiennast

  • Editing

    Andreas Menn

  • Sound

    Marco Teufen

  • Music

    Matteo Pagamici