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FREUD

Almost 80 years after the death of the founder of psychoanalysis, Robert Finster is taking on the role of the young Sigmund Freud – not a Freud who is spending his time on the couch with theory and analysis, but one who is on a restless, heated and wild hunt for a murderer.

Our young Sigmund Freud is lurching from one professional crisis to the next. The world is simply not ready for his theories – until a murderous conspiracy begins brewing in the dark alleys of turn-of-the-century Vienna, pulling him into the most hidden corners of human consciousness. At Finster’s side are Ella Rumpf as the infamous medium Fleur Salomé, and Georg Friedrich as war veteran Alfred Kiss.

The extravagant Vienna of the 1890s, famous for its decadence and the dark underbelly of its high society, is the backdrop for mysterious murders and political intrigues in the eight 45-minute episodes of the new Austro-German production. The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker Marvin Kren, who also wrote the scripts together with Stefan Brunner and Benjamin Hessler.

Freud is co-produced by Satel Film and Bavaria Fiction for ORF and Netflix, with the support of Vienna Film Fund, Austrian Television Fund and Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. ZDF Enterprises handles international sales.

Hotel Orth

Awarded the Golden Screen Award 1999


Felix Hofstätter is the manager of a renowned country house hotel in Gmunden. He is constantly confronted with new challenges, especially when it turns out that Carla Prinz, owner of a competing hotel in Traunstein, has declared him her personal archenemy. Carla leaves no stone unturned to ruin Felix Hofstätter.

115 x 45 minutes
Years of production: 1996-2004
Starring Albert Fortell, Jenny Jürgens, Konstanze Breitebner, Heinz Trixner, Marianne Nentwich, Lotte Ledl, Hans Kraemmer, Stefano Bernardin

THE PIEFKE SAGA


For years, wealthy businessman Friedrich Sattmann and his family have spent their summer holidays in the Tyrolean village of Lahnenberg. The residents of the village have found a place in the Sattmann’s hearts, an affection the Sattmanns believe to be mutual. More than dismayed they come to realise, however, that the opposite is the case and that in the eyes of the locals they represent the worst stereotypes of German ‘Piefke’.

The series sparked controversy among German and Austrian audiences and caused Austrian hoteliers to fear the loss of German guests.

4 x 90 minutes
Years of production: 1990-92
Starring Dietrich Mattausch, Kurt Weinzierl, Brigitte Grothum, Sabine Cruso, Ralf Komorr, Tobias Moretti

TOWARDS THE SUN


Four men – each of them only wanted to quickly go and buy cigarettes – decide not to return home. Fate brings them together in a small Croatian village and they decide to live together on an old fishing boat that is only held together by its paint.

12 x 50 minutes
Directed by Hermann Leitner and Gottfried Schwarz
Years of production: 1984-88
Starring Josef Meinrad, Ulrich Faulhaber, Raphael Wilczek, Heinz Petters, Erwin Steinhauer

Kottan

Chief superintendent Adolf Kottan and his bizarre team, one-legged colleague Schremser and dimwitted inspector Schrammel, are hot on the heels of criminals, supported by both Kottan’s wife and his mother at home. Police president Pilch, meanwhile, is busy catching flies and trying to draw coffee from a hostile coffee machine. Cases are solved more randomly than by serious investigation, the rest of their time is spent on their favourite pastime: their amateur band.

This detective series with its atmosphere of shabby Viennese suburbia is a ludicrous satire on the police and Austrian society in general. One of the most successful TV series ever – with cult status!

19 x 90 minutes
Directed by Peter Patzak
Years of production: 1976-83
Starring Peter Vogel, Franz Buchrieser, C.A. Tichy, Walter Davy, Bibiane Zeller, Lukas Resetarits, Kurt Weinzierl