The New Waves


Julian Radlmaier | Germany | 2021 | 128 min
O.V in German subtitled in Spanish and English.

A Marxist vampire-like comedy in which Monty Python, Kaurismaki and Wes Anderson meet. It is 1928 and Lyovischka, a Soviet worker/actor, escapes his country after the Revolution (following his clashes with Eisenstein and the censorship) settling in a mansion on the Baltic Sea where the aristocratic Octavia lives. An unlikely romance triangulated by her strange personal assistant, proving that Marx's talk of "capitalist vampires" in Das Kapital is not a just metaphor.



Direction: Julian Radlmaier
Script: Julian Radlmaier
Cinematography: Markus Koob
Editing: Julian Radlmaier
Sound: Christian Obermaier, Andreas Hildebrandt
Production Design: Reinhild Blaschke
Cast: Alexandre Koberidze, Lilith Stangenberg, Alexander Herbst, Corinna Harfouch, Andreas Döhler
Production: Kirill Krasovski
Production Company: Faktura film

Julian Radlmaier

Julian Radlmaier (*1984), is a German-French filmmaker living in Berlin. He studied film studies and art history in Berlin and Paris and then directing at the dffb. Meanwhile, he worked as an assistant to Werner Schroeter and translated and edited film-theoretical writings by the French philosopher Jacques Rancière. His films A Spectre is Haunting Europe (2013), A Proletarian Winter’s Tale (2014) and Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017) screened at numerous festivals (including Berlinale, Rotterdam, Viennale, Rio, Melbourne, Sevilla, FICUNAM) and won several awards, including the „German Film Critics’s Award" twice. Bloodsucker had already been awarded the German Screenplay Prize (Golden Lola) before it premiered in the "Encounters" section of the Berlinale in 2021. At the Moscow Int. Film Festival it subsequently won the Special Jury Prize.