Sigmund Freud is at the centre of the series project developed by Satel Film an Bavaria Fiction and filmed in Prague and Vienna for ORF and Netflix. Almost 80 years after the death of the inventor of psychoanalysis, Robert Finster slips into the role of the young Sigmund Freud – but not on the couch between theory and analysis, but restless, dazzling and wildly on the hunt for murderers.

The young Sigmund Freud drops from one professional crisis to the next. The time is simply not yet ripe for his theories – until a murderous conspiracy begins in the dark alleys of turn-of-the-century Vienna and makes him delve into the most hidden corners of human consciousness. Finster is assisted by Ella Rumpf as the notorious medium Fleur Salomé and Georg Friedrich in the role of the war veteran Alfred Kiss.

The debauched Vienna of around 1890, famous for its decadence and the abysses of illustrious society, sets the stage for mysterious murders and political intrigues in the eight episodes of this Austrian-German production. The director is Marvin Kren, who has already won several awards, and who is also responsible for the scripts together with Stefan Brunner and Benjamin Hessler.

“Freud” is a co-production of Satel Film (Heinrich Ambrosch) and Bavaria Fiction (Moritz Polter) for ORF and Netflix, with support from Filmfonds Wien, Fernsehfonds Austria, the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and the Czech State Fund of Cinematography. ZDF Enterprises is responsible for international distribution.

The world premiere took place at the invitation of BERLINALE SERIES as part of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The TV premiere followed on ORF on 15 March 2020. Since 23 March 2020, the series can be seen on Netflix’s streaming service.

In May 2020, “Freud” was awarded the ROMY Academy Prize in Gold as “Best Production TV Fiction”. At the “Storytellers Gala” of the “New York Festivals TV & Film Awards”, the production was recognised in three categories in autumn 2021. A gold award was given in the category Entertainment Program “Crime Drama”, a silver award for “Best Direction” (Marvin Kren) and a bronze award for “Best Production Design/Art Direction” (Verena Wagner).

Robert Finster – Sigmund Freud
Ella Rumpf – Fleur Salomé
Georg Friedrich – Alfred Kiss
Brigitte Kren – Lenore
Christoph Krutzler – Franz Poschacher
Anja Kling – Gräfin Sophia von Szápáry
Philipp Hochmair – Graf Viktor von Szápáry
Marisa Growaldt – Henriette von Schönfeld
Lukas Watzl – Leopold von Schönfeld
Zuzana Zvonícková – Clara von Schönfeld
Merab Ninidze – Dr. Josef Breuer
Rainer Bock – Prof. Dr. Theodor Meynert
Martin Zauner – Oskar Janecek
Noah Saavedra – Arthur Schnitzler
Angelika Niedetzky – Hure Anneli
Matthias Franz Stein – Heinz Konrad
Aaron Friesz – Oberleutnant Riedl
Lukas Miko – Georg von Lichtenberg
Manuel Ossenkopf – Frantisek Mucha
Mercedes Müller – Martha Bernays
Stefan Konarske – Crown prince Rudolf
Nadiv Molcho – Eli Bernays
Alina Fritsch – Fanny Kiss
Marie-Lou Sellem – Amalia Freud
Daniela Donja Golpashin – Anna Freud
Pavel Fieber – Jacob Freud

Marvin Kren – Writer & Director, Co-Creator
Stefan Brunner – Writer & Co-Creator
Ben Hessler – Writer & Co-Creator
Markus Nestroy – DOP

Kurier ROMY 2020 –
Nomination in the category Best TV Series and award in the category Best Production TV Fiction

Television Prize of the German Academy of Television 2020 –
Nominated in the category Actor – Supporting Role (Georg Friedrich),
Nominated in the category make-up design (Daniela Skala and Martin Geisler),
Nominated in the category Production Design (Verena Wagner)

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2021 –
Gold medal in the category Best Crime Drama
Silver medal in the Best Director category,
Bronze medal for Best Production Design