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Language: German (w/ English subtitles)
A Marxist vampire comedy about longing and Das Kapital
August 1928. A Soviet factory worker by the name of Lyovischka is cast in the role of Trotsky by the director Sergei Eisenstein for his film 'October'. But his dreams of an actor‘s life are shattered when the real Trotsky falls into Stalin‘s disgrace and he is edited out of the film. The romantic dreamer flees his communist homeland and wants to try his luck in Hollywood.
Instead, he finds himself stuck in a glamorous German seaside resort on the Baltic Sea where, pretending to be a fleeing aristocrat, he wants to rustle up the money for a passage to New York. While out checking out the area, he meets the young factory owner Octavia Flambow-Jansen, who is spending the summer months by the sea, together with her clumsy servant Jakob. The eccentric millionairess takes an interest in the mysterious refugee and offers him a hideout in her luxury manor. His cover‘s quickly blown and he falls in love with his dazzling host even faster – very much to the annoyance of Jakob, who has literary ambitions as well as the hots for his boss. A summer romance kicks off – just too bad there are vampires around... And worse still, Octavia‘s a bloodsucker herself.
Filmmaker Julian Radlmaier's literal take on Marx's famous vampire allusions is a unique vision and a rare and open-ended dialectic in a contemporary filmmaking landscape obsessed with one-sided debate. It is a rejuvenating satire that retains a myriad of thought-provoking points, and counterpoints, without sacrificing its accessibility or sense of humor.
Lyovischka : Aleksandre Koberidze
Octavia: Lillith Stangenberg
Jakob: Alexander Herbst
Dr. Humburg: Andreas Döhler
Aunt Erkentrud: Corinna Harfouch
Bonin: Daniel Hoesl
Seaweed Gatherer: Kyung-Taek Lie
Rosa: Darja Lewin Chalem
Eisenstein: Anton Gonopolski
Director, Script and Editor: Julian Radlmaier
Camera: Markus Koob
Production design: Reinhild Blaschke
Costume design: Sara Wendt
Make-up and Hair design: Christian Fritzenwanker
Sound: Andreas Hildebrandt
Sound design: Christian Obermaier
Sound mixing: Matthias Lempert
Music and title song: Franui
Produced by: Faktura Film
Producer: Kirill Krasovski
"Julian Radlmaier's screwball 'Marxist Vampire Comedy' takes a line from 'Das Kapital' and turns it into a period romp about, among other things, class struggle and the rise of fascism..."
- Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter
"Bloodsuckers‘ strength derives from its simplicity and whimsy like a Straub-Huillet-shot, Wes-Anderson-penned version of Brian Yuzna’s Society... this is a great genre film masquerading as arthouse treatise work, a tincture of Polidori’s laudanum whiffed by those who, like Marx, know that imagination is required of critique."
- Zach Lewis, In Review Online
"In his endeavour to make sense of important issues through the perspective of carefully constructed absurdity, Radlmaier shows himself to be a major talent in the realm of alternative cinema, a world that openly embraces wildly disparate stories that do not fit in anywhere else... perhaps it suffices to say that it is unlike anything one is likely to have seen before, or ever again..."
"...certainly one of the coolest movies in recent memory in that it is unapologetically itself... a unique blend of art house cinema and cult-classic-to-be that fills a void that we didn’t know existed."
- Sean Boelman, Disappointment Media
"... From whichever side you look at it: this is a touching and sympathetic film."
- Egor Moskivitin, Goethe-Institute
German Film Awards 2019 - Golden Lola for Best Unproduced Screenplay
"...extravagant, bizarre, and hilarious."
Berlinale 2021 - Official Selection in "Encounters"
Moscow International Film Festival 2021 - Silver George Special Jury Prize Winner
Rotterdam 2021 - "Harbour" Program