Following the tragic death of her mother, Ella's father remarries. When he also dies, Ella is left at the mercy of the caprices and cruelties of her stepmother and her daughters. She is demoted to being a servant and renamed "Cinder-ella". Ella appears to find a soulmate in a good-looking stranger whom she assumes to be an attendant at the royal palace. When the court throws a grand ball, Ella is forbidden to attend but gains unexpected help from a good fairy ...
The famous fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm has inspired numerous filmmakers. At the very first Berlinale in 1951 the now legendary Disney animated version of the story won the Golden Bear in the film musical category. Now, with an eye for visual opulence, dramatic timing and wit, Kenneth Branagh reinterprets the tale as a timeless love story. The live-action film features rising young stars such as Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) alongside international acting greats. The film's look is taken care of by production designer Dante Ferretti (Hugo Cabret) and costume designer Sandy Powell (Gangs of New York).
by Kenneth Branagh
with Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter
USA / United Kingdom 2014 105’

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