a film by Michael Sturminger
World Premiere: International Film Festival San Sebastian Donostia 2014

France / Austria / Germany 2014 // color // 118 min // dolby digital


Mozart meets Malkovich meets Casanova: in a nutshell, that is the essence of 'Casanova Variations' by Michael Sturminger, with John Malkovich portraying Casanova. With the visual power of cinema, the intimacy of theatre and the effortlessness of opera music, Giacomo Casanova's story is now being brought to the big screen by Michael Sturminger. And as only one can embody the legendary Venetian with such natural ease, John Malkovich is the obvious choice for the lead role in the film as well as in the theatre. At his side, Veronica Ferres is portraying Elisa. They are supported by top-class singers: Florian Boesch as the second Casanova, Miah Persson as Elisa II, Jonas Kaufmann as Count Branicki and Anna Prohaska as Caterina.

Written & directed by

Michael Sturminger


Markus Schleinzer


André Szankowski


Evi Romen


Jean-Paul Mugel

Production Design

Renate Martin & Andreas Donhauser

Costume Design

Renate Martin & Andreas Donhauser

Make Up

Jeanette Latzelsberger & Elke Lebender


Martin Haselböck


Wiener Akademie


John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Florian Boesch, Miah Persson, Anna Prohaska,Maria João Bastos, Lola Naymark, Kerstin Avemo, Barbara Hannigan, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate Lindsey, Fanny Ardant, Jonas Kaufmann, Topi Lehtipuu a.o.


Paulo Branco, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck


Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Ulrich Seidl


Alfama Films, AMOUR FOU Vienna


X Filme Creative Pool, Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion

Supported by

Austrian Film Institute, Film Location Austria, Vienna Film Fund, ICA (Portugal), Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Turismo de Lisboa

In collaboration with

ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen, ARTE, RTP


Alfama Distribution

Distribution Austria


Awards & Nominations

Romy Award for Best Script 2015
Austrian Film Award for Best Editing 2016
Austrian Film Award for Best Costume Design 2016


International Film Festival San Sebastián 2014 - Spain
Festival International du Film La Roche-sur-Yon 2014 - France
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2014 - Portugal
CinEuropa Festival de Cinema de Santiago de Compostela 2014 - Spain
Diagonale Graz 2015 - Austria
Kino pavasaris - International Film Festival Vilnius 2015 - Lituania
International Film Festival Istanbul 2015 - Turkey
International Film Festival Ankara 2015 - Turkey