One of history’s most intriguing figures is Elizabeth Bathory, whose nickname, the “Blood Countess”, refers to the legendary accounts of her bathing in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth. Acclaimed French actress Julie Delpy has taken on Bathory’s persona in The Countess, which she also directed.
A trailer for the film popped up online recently along with a fairly detailed synopsis: 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.
Early reports on The Countess are that it’s more a tragic story of a love that cannot be rather than a true genre film, but we’ll continue keeping an eye on it and let you know once US distribution has been finalized.
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