Luxembourg co-production

Corsage up for Oscars, for Austria

Vicky Krieps’s performance as Empress Elisabeth in Corsage has won universal plaudits Robert M. Brandstätter

Vicky Krieps’s performance as Empress Elisabeth in Corsage has won universal plaudits Robert M. Brandstätter

Marie Kreutzer's historical drama Corsage, a Luxembourg co-production starring Vicky Krieps, has been selected by Austria as its entry for best international feature film at next year’s Oscars.

According to trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Corsage, which is co-produced by samsa film here in the grand duchy, is in the running as Austria’s entry for the best international feature film at the 2023 Academy Awards. The film was co-produced by Austria's Film AG Produktion, Germany's Komplizen Film, and France's Kazak Productions.

The film stars Vicky Krieps as Austrian empress Elisabeth, though it is far removed from the romanticism of the 1950s Sissi films starring Romy Schneider. In Kreutzer's film and in the hands of the outstanding Krieps, Elisabeth is a tortured soul, an enigmatic, often angry yet sensual chain-smoker who feels imprisoned by her standing.

Krieps won the Un Certain Regard best performance prize at Cannes where the film had its premier this year, and she has won critical acclaim for the role – there is even talk, though it is early yet, of a best actress Oscar nomination in her own right.

Corsage had its Luxembourg premier on 7 September and is currently showing at both Ciné Utopia in Limpertsberg and Kinepolis in Kirchberg, Ciné Scala in Diekirch, and the Starlight in Dudelange.