Beloved Sisters

“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted." - Scott Foundas, Variety

Beloved Sisters

Beloved Sisters

About the Film

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.
Director: Dominik Graf

Reactions

Smart, sensual and emotionally resonant” - Kenny Turan, Los Angeles Times

“An enthralling, gorgeously mounted and intelligent drama.” - Scott Foundas, Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“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

“Lush, riveting...a fascinating ménage a trois...a heady portrait of women who flout the strictures of their time.” - Erica Abeel, Huffington Post

“Think of it as Graf's The Age of Innocence, a sumptuous phasing through the textures that entrap those unfit for times defined by emotional repression. See it when you most need it and this film might change your life.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

Awards & Festivals

  • Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission

  • New York Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection

  • Winner! Bavarian Film Awards 2014 - Best Cinematography, Michael Wiesweg

  • Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Golden Berlin Bear Nominee - Director, Dominik Graf

Cast & Crew

Cast

Caroline von Beulwitz: Hannah Herzsprung
Friedrich Schiller: Florian Stetter
Charlotte von Lengefeld: Henriette Confurius
Louise von Lengefeld: Claudia Messner
Wilhelm von Wolzogen: Ronald Zehrfeld
Mrs von Stein: Maja Maranow
Mrs von Klab: Anne Schäfer
Friedrich von Beulwitz: Andreas Pietschmann
Knebel: Michael Wittenborn
Körner: Peter Schneider
Schwenke: Elisabeth Wasserscheid

Crew

Director: Dominik Graf
Writer: Dominik Graf
Producer: Uschi Reich
Co-producers: Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Wolfgang Stürzl, Karl Balatz, Helge Sasse, Sloveig Fina
Executive Producer:
 Bernd Krause
Commissioning Editors: Barbara Buhl, Bettina Ricklefs, Katja Kirchen, Andreas Schreitmüller, Heinrich Mis
Director of Photography: Michael Wiesweg
Production Desgn: Claus Jürgen Pfeiffer
Costume Design: Barnara Grupp
Editor: Claudia Wolscht


Technical Info

Production Year: 2014
Countries of Production: Germany, Austria
Languages: German
Running Time: 2h 50m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Yes

Theaters

New York
New York
1/9/15
Coral Gables
Florida
1/9/15
San Rafael
California
1/9/15
1/9/15
1/9/15
Irvine
California
1/9/15
Encino
California
1/9/15
Pasadena
California
1/9/15
Los Angeles
California
1/9/15
New York
New York
1/9/15
1/23/15
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
1/23/15
Cambridge
Massachusetts
1/23/15
Okemos
Michigan
2/6/15
Grand Rapids
Michigan
2/6/15
Columbus
Ohio
2/6/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
2/13/15
Edina
Minnesota
2/13/15
Chicago
Illinois
2/13/15
Madison
Georgia
2/13/15
Minneapolis
Minnesota
2/13/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
2/20/15
Hartford
Connecticut
2/27/15
Bloomington
Indiana
2/27/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
2/27/15
Anchorage
Alaska
3/6/15
3/6/15
Flint
Michigan
3/6/15
Detroit
Michigan
3/13/15
Pleasantville
New York
3/13/15
Seattle
Washington
3/13/15
Detroit
Michigan
3/13/15
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
3/20/15
Chicago
Illinois
4/11/15

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Awards & Festivals

  • Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission

  • New York Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection

  • Winner! Bavarian Film Awards 2014 - Best Cinematography, Michael Wiesweg

  • Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Golden Berlin Bear Nominee - Director, Dominik Graf

Reactions

Smart, sensual and emotionally resonant” - Kenny Turan, Los Angeles Times

“An enthralling, gorgeously mounted and intelligent drama.” - Scott Foundas, Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“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

“Lush, riveting...a fascinating ménage a trois...a heady portrait of women who flout the strictures of their time.” - Erica Abeel, Huffington Post

“Think of it as Graf's The Age of Innocence, a sumptuous phasing through the textures that entrap those unfit for times defined by emotional repression. See it when you most need it and this film might change your life.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

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