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THE STRANGE CASE OF WILHELM REICH

by Antonin Svoboda

synopsis

At the end of his life, Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychiatrist and experimental scientist searching for the fundamentals of life finds himself on trial, charged with deception. His dream of liberating human individuality makes him a dangerous opponent of an American system that is striving for global hegemony after 1945, using all available means. Was it madness to believe in man’s liberty or was Reich simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and being a holistic global thinker, accurately observing far-reaching socio-political linkages? Ten years after his mysterious death in 1957, his writings, once burnt by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), become an important source of inspiration for a ’68 generation in revolt.

international title: The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich
original title: The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich
country: Austria
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Antonin Svoboda
film run: 110'
screenplay: Antonin Svoboda
cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Julia Jentsch, Jeanette Hain, Jamie Sives, Birgit Minichmayr, Shaun Aylward, Markus Schleinzer
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
film editing: Oliver Neumann
art director: Katharina Wöppermann
costumes designer: Tanja Hausner
music: Bernd Jungmair, Stefan Jungmair
producer: Franz Novotny, Antonin Svoboda, Alexander Glehr, Martin Gschlacht
co-producer: Thomas Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn
production: Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, Lotus Film, coop99
distributor: Filmladen
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