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Beloved Sisters

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Overview

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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Smart, sensual and emotionally resonant”

KENNY TURAN

LOS ANGELES TIMES

“An enthralling, gorgeously mounted and intelligent drama.”

SCOTT FOUNDRAS

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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Release Date : 01/09/15
  • Countries of Production : Germany, Austria
  • Languages : German
  • Running Time : 170 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Yes
  • Rating : Not Rated
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