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SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

SPINE 002 // dir. Julian Radlmaier

Bloodsuckers

"Blutsauger"

  • Description
  • Cast & Crew
  • Reviews & Accolades

 

Year: 2021

Runtime: 2h5min.

Country: Germany

Language: German (w/ English subtitles)

Genre: Comedy

 

 

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.

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CAST

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

 

 

CREW

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

 

REVIEWS

 

"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..."

- , International Cinephile Society

 

"...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

AWARDS

 

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

 

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