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by David Rühm


Vienna, early 1930s. One fine evening, Sigmund Freud has a new patient on his couch – a mysterious count who can no longer bear the “eternally long” relationship with his wife. The vain countess incessantly complains about not being able to look at herself in a mirror, the count tells the professor. Unaware of the fact that the count and his wife are vampires, Freud introduces his mysterious patient to a young painter, Viktor, who paints portraits that express more than a mirror ever could. While visiting the painter, the count takes an instant shine to Viktor’s girlfriend Lucy – more so than Viktor and the countess would like.

international title: Therapy For A Vampire
original title: Der Vampir auf der Couch
country: Austria, Switzerland
sales agent: Picture Tree International
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: David Rühm
film run: 87'
release date: AT 19/12/2014, DE 10/09/2015
screenplay: David Rühm
cast: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, Lars Rudolph
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
film editing: Claudio Cea
art director: Martin Reiter
costumes designer: Monika Buttinger
music: Beat Solèr
producer: Franz Novotny, Alexander Glehr, Christof Neracher, Christian Davi, Thomas Thümena
production: Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, Hugofilm Productions GmbH
backing: Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmstandort Austria, Filmfonds Wien, BAK, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Land Niederösterreich, Land Salzburg
distributor: Thimfilm GmbH, MFA+ Filmdistribution


main awards/selection

Zurich Film Festival 2014 
Busan International Film Festival 2014 
Hof International Film Festival 2014 
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2015 
Moscow New Austrian Film Festival 2015 
Edinburgh Film Festival 2015 

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