Join us for the Austrian film at this year’s Toronto European Union Film Festival (EUFF): “Mademoiselle Paradis” (in German: »Licht«). Directed by Barbara Albert (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Albert) and starring Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, and Maresi Riegner, this 2017 drama tells the story of blind pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Theresia_von_Paradis): “Vienna, 1777. Maria Theresia (“Resi”) Paradis, 18 years old, is blind, and a pianist of remarkable talent. Resi lost her eyesight literally overnight when she was three. After countless failed medical experiments, her overprotective parents seek out a controversial “miracle doctor,” Franz Anton Mesmer, as their last hope for a cure. For Dr. Mesmer, the chance to successfully treat the young girl could lead to fame and fortune.” (Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH)
The film was part of the Platform competition at TIFF last year, won 5 awards at the 2017 Austrian Film Awards, and was best film at the Saxony-Anhalt Film Arts Days 2017. The running time is 97 minutes and the movie will be shown with English subtitles. More about “Mademoiselle Paradis” at Wikipedia in German (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licht_(2017) ), at the EUFF website (https://euffto.com/index.php/component/zoo/item/mademoiselle-paradis), or at the film's official website (http://mademoiselle-paradis.com/).
The film is being presented by the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa (https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-ottawa/) and Tafelmusik (https://www.tafelmusik.org/).
While you can line up outside to see the movie for free with general admission seating (arrive early, it’s first come, first served), we strongly recommend getting an Advanced Reservation ticket, which includes a guaranteed general admission seat and the ability to enter the warm cinema before those waiting outside in the cold for a free ticket, for $10 (all taxes and fees included) via the official EUFF ticket page (https://www.universe.com/events/euff-2018-mademoiselle-paradis-tickets-toronto-WCSN3Z?buttonColor=#3A66E5&buttonText=Advance%20Reservation).
Where to meet
I will be outside the Royal Cinema just west of the entrance from 5:15 PM until 5:45 PM, the latest you should plan to arrive; the actual start time of the screening is 6:00 PM.
After the show
For those who wish to stay after the showing, we will meet outside the Royal Cinema, and then head to a local establishment for drinks and discussion.
Public transport Take the TTC Carlton streetcar to the stop "College Street at Clinton Street". Or, take the Bathurst streetcar to College Street and walk west 550 m (7 minutes).
By Car There is a Green P underground Carpark 111 (https://parking.greenp.com/carpark/111_74-clinton-street/) at 74 Clinton St around the corner.