Emily Atef, Germany/Austria/France
Director Emily Atef unveils the multifaceted character of Romy Schneider (Marie Bäumer) with her everyday fights against the stereo-type character that she played in the Austrian trilogy Sissy. This black and white film set in a rehab hotel along the Breton coast in 1981 plays an important role. Romy with no make-up portrays a soft, alarmingly naïve and open-to-the-world person, who holds a cigarette in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other. She suffered terribly at her inability as a wife, mother and friend. It’s this time period when the world-famous photos of Romy were taken by the photographer Robert Lebeck (Charly Hübner) and Stern Magazine reporter Michael Jürgs (Robert Gwisdek) got his interview where Romy is ready to bare her soul to the world with a drink in one hand and a stranger on her arm. Even Romy’s childhood friend Hilde (Birgit Minichmayr) who attempted to protect her against any exploitative elements that could arrive had no power.