The Tobacconist (Der Trafikant)


DIRECTOR(S): Nikolaus Leytner

STARRING: Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz, Johannes Krisch

GENRE: Drama Film

SYNOPSIS: Vienna under Nazi occupation is the setting for this ravishingly shot wartime drama about a young man and his unlikely friendship with Sigmund Freud, played by the extraordinary Bruno Ganz. Franz arrives in the city as a 17-year-old to apprentice at a tobacco shop, where the elderly psychoanalyst is a regular customer, and the two develop an immediate bond. When Franz falls desperately in love with a music hall dancer named Anezka, he turns to Freud for advice, who tells him the female sex remains as mysterious to him as it was when he was Franz’s age. As war approaches and the city descends into turmoil, the drama of this young man’s life are swept up into the larger events that are shaking the foundations of Europe and the world.