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2018, Nikolaus Leytner, Austria/Germany, 117 min.
With Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz


Plays In: Screen to Screen

"Told with unusual sensitivity...a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz."--Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

Featuring one of the final performances by acclaimed Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (THE AMERICAN FRIEND) this drama based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler explores an unexpected friendship set against the background of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz (Morzé) journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Ganz), a regular customer. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka (Emma Drogunova), he seeks courtship advice from the psychoanalyst. As political and social conditions dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. In German with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Menemsha Films)

Please join us on Thursday, July 16 at 5pm CDT for a Facebook Live Q&A with THE TOBACCONIST director Nikolaus Leytner, moderated by Erin Gizewski, doctoral student in Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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