Therapy for a Vampire

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Austria | 2014 | 87 minutes | David Ruehm

One night Sigmund Freud discovers a new patient on his couch, a mysterious count who has entered therapy because he can no longer bear his "eternally long" relationship with his wife, in this humorous mashup of vampire legend and neurotic obsessions.

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Vienna, 1930. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalytic theory, is at the height of his professional fame, but a new patient, Count Geza von Közsnöm, might well be his most interesting case study yet. “I no longer have a thirst for life,” von Közsnöm confesses from the therapist’s couch, having grown estranged from his cruel wife, Elsa, who constantly complains about not being able to look at herself in the mirror. Oblivious to his patient’s supernatural condition, Freud suggests the Count appease his wife by commissioning a flattering portrait of her and introduces him to Viktor, the psychiatrist’s assistant and an aspiring painter. However, when the Count visits Viktor’s home, he becomes instantly infatuated with the artist’s girlfriend, Lucy, convinced that she is the reincarnation of the one true love who granted him immortality ages ago. Meanwhile, the Countess grows dangerously obsessed with Viktor, whose portrait-in-progress may finally satisfy her vain, centuries-long desire. Echoing such past bloodsucking comedies as Love at First Bite and Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Hunters, director David Ruehm crafts a visually inventive and sophisticatedly witty film that is equal parts Gothic fairy tale and screwball comedy.

Director Biography
David Ruehm is a director of feature films and commercials, as well as a screenwriter and photographer. His first feature film, The Escape, screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Following its premiere, he continued to make his living as a working photographer and commercial filmmaker.

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  • Original Language Title: Der Vampir auf der Couch
  • Director: David Ruehm
  • Principal Cast: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley
  • Country: Austria
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Franz Novotny, Alexander Glehr, Christof Neracher, Christian Davi, Thomas Thumena
  • Screenplay: David Ruehm
  • Cinematographers: Martin Gschlacht
  • Editors: Claudio Cea
  • Music: Adrian Vonwiller, Stefan Jungmair, Bernard Jungmair
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Fantasia International Film Festival 2015 (Audience Award, Best European Film)
  • Filmography: El Chicko (1997); The Escape (1992)
  • Language: German
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films
  • International Sales: Picture Tree International