World Sales: Vision Films

At the dawn of the 17th century, Ferenc Nadasdy, wealthy nobleman and commander of the Hungarian army, was fighting tirelessly to protect the Holy Roman Empire from the Ottomans. Violence and cruelty were customary among medieval aristocrats and the rumours surrounding Nadasdy’s beloved but neglected wife, Countess Erzsebet Bathory, enraged the local clergy.

Some believed Countess Bathory was a prolific murderess of virgins, who bathed in their blood to achieve eternal youth, thus spawning rumours of vampirism. Others saw here as a persecuted Renaissance healer whose passion for science turned against her in a period besieged by war and witch hunts. Guilty? or victim of a political elite trying to usurp this noblewoman of luminous beauty, richer than the king. Through a lens of magical fantasy, Juraj Jakubisko shines new light on this enigmatic historical figure of many faces in an enthralling film that spans a century of conflict.


His films banned by the Czechoslovakian regime until 1979, today Juraj Jakubisko has been honoured the world over. Fellini said of this master of magic realism: “in Jakubisko’s film the irrational, miraculous and fabulous, appear as naturally as life itself”. Previous work includes An ambiguous report about the end of the world (1979) and Post Coitum (2004).

Wednesday, September 16th, 10:00pm at the Star St-Exupéry
Sunday, September 20th, 11:00am at the Star


Country: Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, United kingdom, Hungary

Year: 2008

Duration: 2hr 18

Version: Anglais, with french subtitles

Cast & Credits

Director:  Juraj Jakubisko

Producer: Deana Jakubiskova-Horvathova

Screenplay:  Juraj Jakubisko

Cinematography:  F.A. Brabec Jan Uris

Editing:  Christopher Blunden, Patrick Pass

Music:  Simon Boswell, Jan Jirasek, Maok

Cast:  Ana Friel, Karel Roden, Hans Matheson, Vincent Regan, Deanna Jakubiskova-Horvathova, Franco Nero