Mary Queen of Scots

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    Mary Queen of Scots

    Directed by

    Switzerland, France


    120 min

    • French
    • English

    Fantasy, Historical

    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.



    Camille Rutherford
     Mehdi Dehbi
     Sean Biggerstaff
     Aneurin Barnard
     Edward Hogg
     Tony Curran
    Rainer Klausmann
    Tom La Belle
    Sofia Gubaidulina


    Thomas Imbach

    Thomas Imbach


    Thomas Imbach (b. 1962) is an independent filmmaker based in Zurich/ Switzerland. With his production company Bachim Films he produces his own work. All of his films have been released theatrically. He has won numerous awards for his work, both in Switzerland and abroad.

    In his work, Imbach has consistently probed the boundaries between film and video, documentary and fiction, cinema tradition and cutting-edge technology. Imbach was one of the first filmmakers to make extensive use of the consumer camcorder (Hi8, DV) for the big screen. At the same time, he continues to blend digital images with classical 35mm film footage. With Well Done (1994) and Ghetto (1997) he established his trademark audio-visual style based on a combination of cinema-verité camerawork and fast-paced computer-controlled editing. Happiness is a Warm Gun (2001) marked a new phase in his career, combining the methods developed in his documentary work with fiction elements and professional actors. Other fiction feature films includes LENZ (2006) and I WAS A SWISS BANKER (2007) all premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. His latest work is MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTTS.

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