CO-PRODUCTION SWISS NATIONAL TV &
This period dramedy, inspired by the true story of Sigmund Freud, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009 and went on the international film festival circuit before being broadcasted on Swiss National Television.
LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2009*
AMIENS FILM FESTIVAL 2009
CINEMA TOUS ECRANS 2009
MANAKI BROTHERS CINEMATOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO FILM FESTIVAL 2009
*Academy Awards accredited film festival
Co-production Swiss National Television / Tipi’mages / Incopix
Shot on Red One camera. Transferred to 35mm.
Vienna, 1884. Young Sigmund Freud is convinced that his research on his “magic powder” – otherwise known as cocaine – will advance his reputation and allow him to marry his love. Instead, it leads to an unexpected revelation that will ensure his name in the history books forever.
Freud’s Magic Powder offers a glimpse into one of the least known periods of Sigmund Freud’s life: years before he began studying psychoanalysis, the young doctor conducted extensive research on cocaine. In this short film, director Getaz paints an unexpected portrait of Freud in his late 20’s: a departure from the austere figure of the revered intellectual icon he was to become later in life. This quirky period drama takes us directly into the hopes and fantasies of the ambitious doctor, whose dark ruminations – including the Oedipal complex – transformed the way we see ourselves.
Michael Goldstrom (Freud)
Aria Alpert (Martha Bernays)
Margaret Gibson (Amalia Freud)
Rob Besserer (Jakob Freud)
Scott Cohen (Philipp Freud)
Jerry Matz (The Rabbi)
Frederic Polier (The Carriage Driver)
Stewart Steinberg (Uncle Elias)
Casting by Todd Thaler
Costumes by Catherine Zuber
Hair & Wigs Charles Lapointe
Production design Joh Rourke Conners and Gabriel Sklenar
Music by Jean-Michel Bernard
Sound design Francois Musy & Gabriel Hafner
Editor Angelo Corrao A.C.E.
Director of photography Simon Beachler
Written by Jessica Sharzer
Francine Lusser and Gerard Monier
Natalie Altshuler and Edouard Getaz
Directed by Edouard Getaz
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