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BFF21 The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke Corsica

MA15+ 94 MIN
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Timothy Spall (also in The Last Bus and It Snows in Benidorm) and Peter Stormare star as a cantankerous architect and an eccentric billionaire in this intriguing homage to Peter Greenaway from Australian writer-director Daniel Graham.

Architect Alfred Rott’s (Spall) reputation as a womanising, foul-mouthed genius follows him like a shadow. After falling out with authorities over a new Arts Centre in Brussels, Rott is handed a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to visit the wealthy and eccentric recluse on the island of Malta who calls himself 'The Grand Duke Of Corsica'. The Grand Duke (Stormare) commissions Alfred to build him a personalized mausoleum in preparation for his own death.

When a malaria outbreak on the island causes the entire population to flee, fires break out and pandemonium ensues. But Alfred must remain to finish the project that may be the greatest, yet most invisible, creation of his remarkable career.

Interwoven with a parallel storyline of a 13th century young man who is set on his path to becoming St. Francis of Assisi, with The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica, Graham delivers a fascinating mediation on life, love and architecture.


"Spall is at his most Hogarthian, making a full three-course meal out of the contradictions of architect Alfred Rott."

- The Guardian

"Timothy Spall and Peter Stormare make an intriguing double act."

- Flickering Myth

"This deeply eccentric [film] tips a plumed hat to Peter Greenaway"

- The Guardian

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 3rd November


94 min




Peter Stormare, Timothy Spall, Alicia Agneson, Matt Hookings


Daniel Graham


Film Festival


English, German and Maltese with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square