Mademoiselle Paradis


The Main 3 Sun, Apr 22, 2018 4:20 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Wed, Apr 25, 2018 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 7:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Licht
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
True Story
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:97 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup
Best Production Design - Austrian Film Awards
Best Actress Prize - Les Arcs European Film Festival
Website:Official Website
Print Source:First Run Features
Director:Barbara Albert
Producer:Michael Kitzberger
Martina Haubrich
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Markus Glaser
Gunnar Dedio
Cinematographer:Christine A. Maier
Screenwriter:Kathrin Resetarits
Editor:Nikki Mossböck
Principal Cast:Maria Dragus
Devid Striesow
Lukas Miko
Katja Kolm
Maresi Riegner
Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg
Stefanie Reinsperger
Susanne Wuest
Christoph Luser
Filmography:Nordrand ('99)
Free Radicals ('03)
Falling ('06)
The Dead and the Living ('12)


Tickets to Rochester screenings will be sold at the door.

Based on a true story, Mademoiselle Paradis is set in 18th-century Vienna and tells the tale of blind pianist Maria Theresa von Paradis. While the young woman is truly gifted, her lack of sight and perceived disadvantage have led to her parent’s willingness to do anything and everything to restore it. They take Maria to a physician with unconventional techniques, Dr. Franz Mesmer, hoping for a miracle. While Dr. Mesmer’s reputation within social circles is that of an eccentric, his relationship to, and understanding of, Maria inspires new progress.

Along the way, director Barbara Albert showcases the various themes that revolve around this unexpected duo—age, gender roles and the contrast of the artistry found in both science and music. In a seemingly unbelievable twist, Maria’s sight is gradually restored. Will this new beginning lead to happiness or to more discord?

Director Biography

Austrian filmmaker Barbara Albert was born in 1970 in Vienna. She is known for Nordrand (’99) and Fallen (’06). She is one of the heads of Coop 99, a production company.


"A fresh, inquisitive portrait, Mademoiselle Paradis is less interested in its subject’s potted biography than in how her era’s vicious politics of class and gender affected her plight." - Variety


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