A Fleeting Passage To The Orient

| 82 min
| German English

Rigorous yet engrossing, Ruth Beckermann's documentary retraces the steps of Austria's peripatetic "sad empress" Elizabeth during two trips to Egypt in 1885 and 1891. When the camera gazes from the deck of the ship towards the endless horizon of the Mediterranean, the picture of a woman who travelled restlessly across the world takes shape. Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, who gradually disappears out of the picture as it were: from the age of 30 she refused to be photographed any more.