Cast & Crew
Reviews & Accolades
Language: German (w/ English subtitles)
A Marxist vampire comedy about longing and Das Kapital
August 1928: A local Marxist book club attempts to rally the paranoid townspeople against a ruling class of allegedly vampiric aristocrats...
As the glamorous German seaside resort they call home is turned into an ideological battleground, newcomer Lyuvoschka is quickly caught in the center of the conflict. Recently exiled from his motherland after trading in his worker's garb to debut as Trotsky in Eisenstein's October and brimming with hopes and dreams of making it in the biz, he poses as a wealthy baron and quickly catches the eye of eccentric heiress Octavia Flambow-Jansen.
Will their summer romance amidst the fires of revolution make up for his recent bad luck and land him that precious spot on the barge that will cary him to Hollywood - or is his misfortune only just beginning?
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.
With Support From:
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