That all begins to change one day when, on deadline for a portrait, Gerda asks her husband to fill in for a model by putting on a dress so that she can finish the painting. The experience is transformative, as Einar soon realizes that being Lili is an expression of her truest self, and she begins living her life as a woman. Gerda unexpectedly finds that she has a new muse, and renewed creative ferment. But the couple soon brush up against society’s disapproval.
They leave their homeland for the more open-minded world of Paris. There, it is Gerda’s career that continues to flourish. The couple’s marriage evolves – and not without strain. But again and again Gerda supports Lili during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds the courage to be who they are at heart.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by: Lucinda Coxon (based on the book by David Ebershoff))
Produced by: Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Editing: Melanie Oliver
Original Score: Alexandre Desplat
Main Cast: Eddie Redmayne (Einar Wegener/ Lili Elbe), Alicia Vikander (Gerda Wegener), Amber Heard (Oola Paulson), Sebastian Koch (Kurt Warnekros)
Nominations and Awards
- People's Choice Award 2016