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by Thomas Imbach


Mary Queen of Scots spends her childhood in France and is meant to become Queen of France. However, her ailing husband dies and the young widow returns alone to Scotland, a country devastated by war. Elizabeth has just become Queen of England, for Mary she is like a twin sister to whom she can open her heart. Mary weds again and gives birth to an heir to the thrown. Her second husband, Lord Darnley, proves to be a weakling. When Mary finds the love of her life, the Earl of Bothwell, she has Darnley murdered and marries Bothwell. Horrified by this deed and the blind passion that motivated it, both the nobles and the people of Scotland spurn her. To avert a bloody battle, Mary is compelled to give up her beloved Bothwell. In desperate straits, she turns to Elizabeth for help. In response, the Queen of England imprisons her. After 19 years spent in a golden cage, Mary finds release at last: Elizabeth sends her to the block.

international title: Mary, Queen of Scots
original title: Mary, Queen of Scots
country: Switzerland, France
sales agent: Picture Tree International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Thomas Imbach
film run: 122'
release date: FR 12/11/2014
screenplay: Thomas Imbach, Andrea Staka, Eduard Habsburg
cast: Camille Rutherford, Sean Biggerstaff, Aneurin Barnard, Edward Hogg, Mehdi Dehbi, Tony Curran, Roxane Duran, Bruno Todeschini, Joana Preiss
cinematography by: Rainer Klausmann
film editing: Tom La Belle
art director: Gerald Damovsky
costumes designer: Rudolf Jost
producer: Andrea Staka, Thomas Imbach, Émilie Blézat
production: Okofilm Productions GmbH, Sciapode, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG SSR, ARTE France
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Pathé Films AG
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main awards/selection

Locarno International Film Festival 2013 Concorso internazionale

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