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Marie Curie. The Courage of Knowledge – Society For Arts – Society Films

Marie Curie. The Courage of Knowledge

Directed by Marie Noëlle
Germany / France / Poland | 95 minutes | 2016


A sweeping biographical film about the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is as much an intimate portrayal of the struggles of the scientist’s private world as of her legendary public accomplishments, chronicling her battles against the male academic establishment, as well as her blissful marriage to her scientific partner, Pierre. Her world falls apart when her husband perishes in a tragic accident, and despite near scandal, Curie perseveres and triumphs once more. Director Marie Noelle vividly depicts turn-of-the-century Europe in this portrait of the brilliant Polish-born woman who, at the age of 24, moved to Paris and launched her scientific career.


“.. It starts in 1905 when she and her husband, Pierre (Charles Berling), go to Stockholm to give their Nobel Prize lecture, then moves through his death and toward Marie winning her second Nobel. Those years were eventful, and Ms. Gruszka seems to be in constant, breathless motion, even when only maneuvering around a laboratory.”

– Ken Jaworowski  June 29, 2017  New York  Times

“…Cinematographer Michal Englert employs a handheld camera, bringing an intimacy as well as a modern feeling to ensure that “Marie Curie” never feels stale. Noelle’s film doesn’t offer much historical context, but it’s a fascinating entry point for those unfamiliar with Curie’s personal life.”

– Kimber Myers  June 29, 2017, Los Angeles Times

In researching the film, Noëlle spoke with Marie Curie’s granddaughter, the nuclear physicist Hélène Langevin-Joliot. She actually married the grandson of Paul Langevin, with whom Marie Curie had an affair. “I thought it’s nice,” Noëlle said. “It’s as if love is an energy which does not get destroyed, it just jumps around.”

– Sonia Shechet Epstein, Sloan Science and Film

“For her it was very important to have this choice how she wanted to live, in what way. She wanted to decide on her own about her life, about her life in science but also about her private life. And that is a huge inspiration also for women today,”

– Karolina Gruszka, on playing Marie Curie

“…[this] evocative period detail greatly enhances Noelle’s selective and intimate portrait of a loving wife, mother and workaholic.”

– Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist



Marie Noëlle – Director

Marie Noëlle

is a writer and producer. She was born in Châteauroux, France. Her body of work consists of directing, producing, writing, and editing. With her ex-husband Peter Sehr she co-directed the films The Anarchist’s Wife (2008) and Ludwig II (2012). She also co-wrote Love the Hard Way (2001). Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is the latest film in which she is co-writer and director.

  • Bavarian Film Festival, 2016, Best Director & Best Production Design
  • Camerimage, 2016, Nominated for Golden Frog
  • Hamburg Film Festival, 2016, Nominated Best Feature
  • Polish Film Festival in America, 2016, Golden Teeth of Camera Award


  • Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • San Francisco Film Festival – Official Selection

Technical details: 2016 – Germany/France/Poland – Drama – 2.35 – 95 min.
Director: Marie Noëlle
Cast: Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling
Languages: French with English subtitles
Producers: Marie Noëlle Sehr, Mikolaj Pokromski, Ralf Zimmermann


Marie Curie. The Courage of Knowledge

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