Join our Cafe Cinematique International group as we watch important and provocative films followed by a moderated discussion. The best in international and independent films from all eras find their way to our coffee table.
March 8, 2:00 pm. Part of the Café Cinematique International Series
Two Hours 18 minutes
BELOVED SISTERS depicts the unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century. As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius). When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity.
Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménage à trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio’s fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed. In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany’s official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature’s most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy. Directed by Dominik Graf
Starring Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius
Academy Awards 2015 – Official Foreign Language Submission
Winner! Bavarian Film Awards 2014 – Best Cinematography, Michael Wiesweg
Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Golden Berlin Bear Nominee – Director, Dominik Graf
“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted. An unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” – Scott Foundas, Variety
“Pushes heritage cinema in new, aesthetically bold directions. Beloved Sisters is the modern film about the German enlightenment…Graf has created nothing less than a romantic national epic.” – Olaf Moller, Film Comment