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The Tobacconist

Starring the great Bruno Ganz in his penultimate role

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 (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer. 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 women are as big a mystery to him as they are 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." Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

"A strong cast, headed by the charming, charismatic Simon Morzé and Bruno Ganz as Sigmund Freud himself."- Screen International

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Directed by: 
Nikolaus Leytner
Running Time: 
117 minutes
German (with English subtitles)
Bruno Ganz
Simon Morzé
Johannes Krisch
Emma Drogunova
Screenplay by: 
Klaus Richter
Nikolaus Leytner

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