THE TOBACCONIST/ A THOUSAND KISSES Presented by LA Jewish Film Festival
The Tobacconist (Der Trafikant)
Directed by Nikolaus Leytner
Drama/Germany, Austria/2018/108 minutes
Starring Bruno Ganz, Simon Morzé & Johannes Krisch
German with English subtitles
Bruno Ganz remembered
Starring veteran actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) as Sigmund Freud, in one of his final roles before his death in February.
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler, this film is a tender, coming-of-age, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Naïve 17-year-old Franz is sent by his single mother from his lakeside home to Vienna to apprentice with Otto Trsnjek, a kindly World War I veteran in his tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno 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. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz and Freud are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
A THOUSAND KISSES
Directed by Richard Goldgewicht
Voices of Elke Sommer and Christian Oliver
Animated short/Brazil/Ireland/Uruguay/USA/2018/16 min
A short animated film that tells the story of a young Jewish couple in Berlin who, separated by the fear of prosecution in 1933 Nazi Germany, make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. The film is based on actual correspondence recovered by their grandchildren 80 years later. The film presents a peculiar love story tainted by the harsh historical context of its time, with a light touch and real-life poetry.
Q&A with Elke Sommer, Christian Oliver and director Richard Goldgewicht
Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Laemmle's Music Hall (View)
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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