The Tobacconist

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 5 Sun, Apr 7, 2019 4:15 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 5 Thu, Apr 11, 2019 4:30 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sun, Apr 14, 2019 2:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Members:$11.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Der Trafikant
Programs:World Cinema
Tags:Drama
Historical Drama
Adaptation
Coming-of-Age
War
Romance
Jewish
Literary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:108 min
Country/Region:Germany
Austria
Language:German
Czech
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Menemsha Films
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_eqtpuEAJE
Cast/Crew
Director:Nikolaus Leytner
Producer:Dieter Pochlatko
Jakob Pochlatko
Ralf Zimmermann
Cinematographer:Hermann Dunzendorfer
Screenwriter:Nikolaus Leytner
Klaus Richter
Editor:Bettina Mazakarini
Composer:Matthias Weber
Principal Cast:Simon Morze
Bruno Ganz
Johannes Krisch
Emma Drogunova
Regina Fritsch

Description

This gripping coming-of-age drama is set against the backdrop of a seething, multicultural Vienna from 1937 through the "Anschluss," the annexation of Austria by Germany. At the center of the story is naïve seventeen- year-old Franz Huchel, sent by his single mother from the lakeside paradise of Attersee to apprentice with Otto Trsnjek, a kindly WWI veteran who runs a news and smokes shop on a central square. Despite Vienna's hothouse atmosphere and the Nazi-collaborator butcher next door, Otto welcomes all customers, including Jews and communists. Among them is Dr. Sigmund Freud, an avid cigar smoker, who winds up befriending Franz and advising him on love. Among the film's standout elements are the inclusion of Franz's fantasies and troubling nightmares. The fantasies mostly show what the good-hearted lad wished he could have done in difficult circumstances; while the impressively shot, surreal nightmares, which play with Franz's memories and obsessions, also illustrate Freudian dream theory.

Director Biography

Nikolaus Leytner was born on October 26, 1957 in Graz, Austria. He is known for his other films Half A Life (09), Die Auslöschung (13) and Der Tote am Teich (15).


Press

"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." - Hollywood Reporter


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