The Tobacconist

by Nikolaus Leytner

Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler.A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, 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, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 114 minutes
Original title
Der Trafikant
directed by
Nikolaus Leytner
produced by
epo-film produktionsges.m.b.h. Wien, Glory Film München
  • Bruno Ganz (THE PARTY, DOWNFALL)
  • Johannes Krisch (REVANCHE)
  • Emma Drogunova
  • Regina Fritsch

Press Quotes

"A strong cast, headed by the charming, charismatic Simon Morzé and Bruno Ganz as Sigmund Freud himself."