Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema

Directed by Marie Kreutzer

Saturday, December 10, 11 am

$15 / $12 Speed members / Free for Speed Cinephiles

“Bold and brilliant.”—Anna Smith, Time Out

Empress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sissi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. 

While Elizabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy. 

Lead actress Vicky Krieps was awarded the Un Certain Regard-Best Performance Award at the Cannes Film Festival where the film premiered. 2022, Austria, DCP, in German, French, Hungarian, Italian, and English with English subtitles, 113 minutes. Recommended for 16+.

Talk Cinema is programmed by the esteemed film critic and film curator Harlan Jacobson featuring a sneak preview screening of an art-house film prior to its release followed by a discussion. Be the first to see the latest films and to share your impressions.

Past films have included SpencerThe Worst Person in the WorldPortrait of a Lady on FireThe Two PopesThe FarewellMoonlightShopliftersMarcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Lady Bird.