WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Closing Night Sponsored by Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch
Dir. Nikolaus Leytner | 108 min
German with English subtitles
Sunday, May 267:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Starring the recently passed Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) as Sigmund Freud. Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler.
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
- "The film expertly captures the tensions in the Austrian capital on the eve of Hitler’s takeover, and it also manages to be a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz." ― The Hollywood Reporter
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