- original title
- Der Trafikant
- Nikolaus Leytner
- Bruno Ganz, Johannes Krisch Simon Morzé, Emma Drogunova
- Austria, Germany
- 117 min
Bruno Ganz is superb as Sigmund Freud in this heart-rending adaptation of Robert Seethaler’s novel. 17-year-old Franz takes up a job at a Viennese tobacconist shop, where he meets the renowned professor. Fascinated by his theories, Franz seeks Freud’s advice after falling in love with a dancer. His confusion about love and sex echoes the political turmoil caused by Hitler’s imminent annexation of Austria, and Freud’s own indecision about leaving the country. This drama sensitively explores its protagonists’ longing – for the love of a woman, and for a homeland.
Warning: film contains scenes of violence, and of a sexual nature.
Winner – CIVIS European Cinema Prize, CIVIS Cinema 2019
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design & Best Score, Austrian Film Awards 2019
“A vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud.” – The Hollywood Reporter