Dir. Julie Delpy, 2009, France, Germany, 98min, DCP, Color
With Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca
The powerful 17th-century Hungarian countess Erzebet Bathory (Julie Delpy), is overcome with passion for a handsome younger man (Daniel Brühl). In a desperate attempt to preserve her beauty, she devises a murderous plan to bathe in the blood of countless sacrificed virgins. The film was written, directed, and co-produced by Delpy, who draws the brutal tale from the life of historical figure Countess Bathory (1560-1614)—who was accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and women, and ultimately imprisoned. Also starring William Hurt as the father of the Countess’s young lover, the film delivers as both a psychological horror movie and a rich period piece.
Winner, Best Director, 2010 Cabourg Romantic Film Festival