The Gist: The thriller is set against the violent and macabre world of 17th Century Eastern European aristocracy. Reminiscent of the political intrigue of “The Illusionist” and the haunting stylings of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “The Countess” tells the tale of Erzebet Bathory (Julie Delpy) an aging noblewoman whose years of solitude and loneliness transforms her into a cold and distant figure among Hungarian nobility.
Fact: Written by Delpy, this is her passion project – she has been working on it for some time and was supposed to film this before making her directorial debut on 2 Days in Paris.
See It: Several territories have bought the rights to the project – vouching on a film that stars Ethan Hawke but is far from being the next Before Sunrise.
Release Date/Status?: Currently in pre-production, this could be a very late arrival on the film festival scene.