In 1930s Vienna, Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti), an aristocratic old vampire, and his equally undead wife Countess Elsa (Jeanette Hain) are sick and tired of each other after hundreds of years of marriage, so the Count visits Dr. Sigmund Freud (Karl Fischer) for some psychotherapy -- plus a little neck-biting on the side. Welcome to the wittiest vampire spoof since Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers, a sophisticated combo of wordplay (in subtitled German), sight gags, and old-fashioned fang-baring, courtesy Austrian writer-director David Rühm. The fine cast (also including David Bennent, of The Tin Drum fame) and Rühm’s agile scene-setting are further enhanced by cinematographer Martin Gschlacht’s lighting and camera work, poking around the graveyards and alleyways in velvety tones of black. The Freudian horror comedy you’ve always wanted to see (87 min.).
Director: David Rühm
Producer: Franz Novotny, Alexander Glehr, Christof Neracher, Christian Davi, Thomas Thümena and Johanna Scherz
Cast: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, David Bennent, Karl Fischer, Erni Mangold, Lars Rudolph, Anatole Taubman, Julia Jelinek, Dominic Singer, Christoph Krutzler and Tobias Ofenbauer