It is often maintained that films present intimate insight into the lives of their protagonists, usually implying a psychological or physical closeness. In the case of BEATRIX, intimacy is pursued to such an extent that it provokes a questioning of what intimacy really is.

BEATRIX presents a female body. It is the body of a young woman who spends a good amount of time alone in a house. One learns nothing more. She tends a bit to the house, gets bored, talks on the phone and receives visitors. One cannot help thinking of early films by Chantal Akerman, sensing a similarly estranged privacy. Both filmmakers invite us to spend time with an individual. But no use is made of this time which is instead dissipated, endured, exhausted. It is all about nothing less than an uncertain sense of being alive.

Every gesture made by the actress Eva Sommer is enacted as if she is self-conscious about a physicality she would far prefer to forget. The camera fragments the body of Beatrix into its individual parts. Her inner life becomes visualized by constricted images and a manic stillness. Something is eating at the apparent freedom of her solitude. A femininity becomes physically tangible – corners and curves, liquids, touches, deformations. BEATRIX shows banal, somnambulistic acts such as eating, drinking, cleaning, jumping, bathing, reclining, talking, and looking. And then it begins all over again.

What normally escapes our view is made entirely present. Urgency and ennui become one in an uncompromising confrontation with the existence of a young woman. (Patrick Holzapfel)

Translation: Eve Heller

Orig. Title
95 min
feature fiction
Orig. Language
German, English
BEATRIX_01 (Image)
BEATRIX_02 (Image)
BEATRIX_03 (Image)
Milena Czernovsky, Lilith Kraxner
Antonia de la Luz Kašik
Milena Czernovsky, Lilith Kraxner
Benedikt Palier
Eva Sommer, Katharina Farnleitner, Marthe de Crouy-Chanel
Milena Czernovsky, Lilith Kraxner, Lara Bellon
Supported by
Stadt Wien, Stadt Graz, Land Steiermark Kultur, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport / Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Marseille - FID Marseille International Film Festival (Acting Award Eva Sommer)
Jihlava - International Documentary Festival
Belford - Entrevue, Festival Int. du Film
Porto - Post Porto Doc (Jury Honorable Mention for its Visual Composition)
Viennale - Vienna Int. Film Festival (Special Prize of the Jury)
Palermo – Sicilia Queer Filmfest (New Visions in Sicilia Queer 2021)
Basel - Bildrausch Film Festival
Athens - Avant Garde Film Festival
Shkodra - Idromeno Independent Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Kodak Analogue-Filmprize)
Madrid - Filmadrid (Special Mention)
Khanty-Mansiysk Siberia – Spirit of Fire International Debut Film Festival
Copenhagen - CPH:PIX
Mexico - FICUNAM Film Festival
Vilnius Film Festival - “Kino pavasaris”
Calgary - European Film Festival
Braunschweig - Internationales Filmfestival
Madrid - She Makes Noise Festval
Seoul - International Women's Film Festival
Tallinn - Cinemod Debuts Film Festival
Bukarest - Cinefemina Festival (EUNIC)