MADAMOISELLE PARADIS shown today in programme In Focus
This year's In Focus programme continued with the film Madamoiselle Paradis by Austrian director Barbara Albert. The screening was held at 14:00 at the National Theatre.
Set in 18th-century Vienna, this film tells the true story of Maria Theresia von Paradis, a gifted piano player and close friend of Mozart who lost her eyesight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, the Paradis entrust Maria to Dr. Mesmer, a forward-thinking physician, who gives her the care and attention she requires. With the doctor’s innovative techniques of magnetism, Maria slowly recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price, as the woman progressively loses her gift for music. Faced with a heavy dilemma, Mademoiselle Paradis will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life as a virtuoso in the darkness.