The countess

The Countess / Contesa
2009 / 98 min / Germany- France
Script Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau
Directing Julie Delpy
Cinematographer Martin Ruhe
Editing Andrew Bird
Music Julie Delpy
Producer Julie Delpy, Cristopher Tuffin/ Serenity Film
Julie Delpy Erzebeth Bathory
Daniel Brühl Istvan Thurzo
William Hurt Gyorgy Thurzo
Anamaria Marinca Anna Darvulia

The true story of Countess Bathory born in 1560. At the age of 14, she married a powerful warlord, 10 years her senior. Although their relationship became cold and distant she bore him four children. While he was away fighting wars, she kept up their estate with the help of her confidant, the witch Anna Darvulia, becoming increasingly powerful. She was feared, admired and loathed by many – even the King had to obey her wishes. After her husband died, she met a handsome young man. They fell passionately in love. However, she was desperately concerned that she was not young enough to keep him. For 12 years, she waited for his return and in mad desperation, began to bathe in the blood of virgins, convinced that it would provide her with eternal youth and beauty, setting in motion the chain of bloody and treacherous events that led to her demise.


Born în 1969 in France, Julie Delpy is an actress, film director, writer and singer-songwriter. She studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written and acted in more than 30 films. She has been nominated for three César Awards and two Academy Awards. She was discovered by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1995 she directed her first short, Blah, Blah, Blah selected in Sundance Festival. She was co-writer for Before Sunset a sequel of Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawke.Looking for Jimmy was her debut in long feature films. She made her feature length directorial debut in 2002, with a film entitled "Looking for Jimmy" which she also wrote and produced. She directed The Countess in 2009 and she won Best Director in Caburg Film Festival.