As of November 22, 2018, MMC Movies' co-production "Eleanor & Colette" is available on DVD and Video on Demand, and has been available as a digital download since November 8.
Told after a true incident Director Bille August (Night Train to Lisbon, The Haunted House) in "Eleanor & Colette" tells the story of the very special friendship of two completely different women and their common fight for justice. Two women who stand up for what should be a matter of course for everyone - self-determination and humanity - and who in doing so show in a way that is as rousing as it is inspiring what strength can develop when one stands up for one's own convictions.
In the leading roles inspire Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland) as Eleanor Riese and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) as their attorney Colette Hughes; supporting roles include. Jeffrey Tambor as well as Johan Heldenbergh and Cynthia Hoppenfeld to see.
Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter) suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and knows that she can only live an independent life with medication. However, when severe side effects become apparent during a voluntary hospital stay and her doctors ignore Eleanor's pleas to have a say in her medication, she hires lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) to do just that.
In a virtually hopeless case, the two stand up to an overpowering establishment of pharmaceutical industry and doctors, but manage to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court.
They are united by a common struggle for self-determination, with which the equally eccentric and lovable Eleanor upsets the life of the dogged Colette and which ultimately makes her more than a client: they become friends who support each other, learn from each other and change each other's lives...
"Immensely touching" - BRIGITTE
"Poignant" - JOLIE
"Stirring and truly acted" - TV MOVIE
"More than a mere judicial drama" - ARD TAGESTHEMEN
"The struggle for medical self-determination, told with touching truthfulness. (...) A film that convinces from the first minute." - WDR WESTART
"Eleanor & Colette" is a production of the Cologne-based elsani film, Anita Elsani, in co-production with Potemkino Port, Peter de Maegd and Tom Hameeuw, and MMC Movies Cologne, Bastie Griese and Philip Borbély. Promoted the production was supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the German Federal Film Fund and Screen Flanders.
"Eleanor & Colette" was almost shot entirely in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of 35 days of shooting, five took place in San Francisco, one in Portugal and 29 in Cologne and the surrounding area.
The Shooting at MMC Studios, where Eleanor's apartment had been set up by MMC equipment in Studio 33, took twelve days. Many exterior shots that show San Francisco in the 80s in the film were also shot in Cologne and the surrounding area. Various interior shots, such as that of the courthouse, were also shot in the media metropolis on the Rhine.
Facts about the DVD:
"Eleanor & Colette" will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on DVD, Blu-ray, distributed by Warner Bros.
© Film: 2017 Elsani Film GmbH, Potemkino Port, MMC Movies Köln GmbH
Behind the Scenes
Interviews with Helena Bonham Carter, Hilary Swank and director Bile August
Movie Trailer & Teaser
Order no.: 1000718423
Sound: DVD Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: German, English, audio film version for the visually impaired
Subtitles: German, German for the hearing impaired
Picture: 16:9 (1:2.39)
Length: 110 min
FSK: 12 years (transfer applied)
Cinema release: 3.5.2018
Photo: Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter, left) and Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank, right). © Bernd Spauke 2017