1928: Soviet worker Lyovushka is cast to play the Bolshevik revolutionary Leo Trotsky in a film by Sergei Eisenstein. Unfortunately, his dreams of a movie career in Moscow are shattered when the real Trotsky falls out of favor with Stalin and all his scenes have to be cut from the film. Lyovushka want to try his luck in Hollywood and flees the country, but gets stuck halfway at a fashionable German seaside resort – disguised as a wealthy aristocrat, but without a dime in his pocket. During a stroll on the beach, he meets the eccentric young factory owner Octavia Flambow-Jansen, on vacation with her awkward servant Jakob. A summer romance is in the offing. Too bad there are vampires terrorizing the area...


Poster artwork by Good Hands↩︎


Writer, Director, Editor - Julian Radlmaier

Producer - Kirill Krasovski

Director of Photography - Markus Koob

Scenography - Reinhild Blaschke

Costume Design - Sara Wendt

Hair & Make-up Design - Christian Fritzenwanker

Sound recording - Andreas Hildebrandt

Assistant Director - Ewelina Rosinska

Dramaturgy - Markus Nechleba

Sound design - Christian Obermaier

Sound mix - Matthias Lempert

Color grading - Dirk Meier

Music - Franui

Production manager: Clara Gerst

Commissioning editors: Frank Tönsmann (WDR), Birgit Kämper (Arte)

Full credits on Filmportal↩︎



Alexandre Koberidze, Lilith Stangenberg, Alexander Herbst, Corinna Harfouch, Danie Hoesl, Andreas Döhler, Kyung-Taek Lie, Darja Lewin, Mareike Beykirch, Anton Gonopolski, Michael Baute, Bruno Derksen, Matilda Mester, Johannes Lehmann,  Martin Hansen, Felipe Amaya Gonzales, Marie Rathscheck, Christopher Kane, Ira Kane, Ludwig Sporrer, Katja Weilandt, Markus Nechleba, Mex Schlüpfer.



Germany 2021, Digital / DCP, Dolby 5.1, 1:1,66, 128 min



faktura film↩︎ in co-production with WDR / arte, The Post Republic, Maier Bros., Ludwig Kameraverleih



German Ministry of Culture - BKM, DFFF, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film - und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft mbH



The Playmaker↩︎



Germany (Grandfilm↩︎), Austria (Filmgarten↩︎),

USA (Crescendo House↩︎)



  • German Screenplay Award (Golden Lola)
  • IFF Moscow - Special Jury Award (Silver St. George)
  • Berlinale Kompagnon Fellowship


  • Berlinale, Germany (Encounters Competition)
  • IFF Rotterdam, Netherlands (Harbour)
  • Viennale, Austria
  • Mostra de Sao Paulo, Brazil (New Filmmakers Competition)
  • Sevilla EFF, Spain (Las Nuevas Olas Competition)
  • New Horizons Wroclaw, Poland
  • IFF Riga, Latvia (Int. Competition)
  • CPH Pix, Denmark
  • Molodist IFF Kyiv, Ukraine
  • IFF Moscow, Russia (Int. Competition)
  • Ankara IFF, Turkey
  • Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, Switzerland (Int. Competition)
  • Filmfest Hamburg, Germany
  • Scanorama Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Mammoth Lakes FF, USA (Int. Competition)
  • FICIC Cosquín, Argentina (Int. Competition)
  • Underdox Munich, Germany
  • Nürnberg Human Rights Film Festival, Germany (Int. Competition)
  • New Holland Island IFF Sankt Petersburg, Russia
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany
  • GoetheFEST Belgrad, Niš, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Berlinale Special Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Croatia
  • German Film Festival, Cinémathèque Luxemburg
  • Semana de Cine Aleman, Mexico
  • First City Film Festival Kansas, USA
  • Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt, Germany
  • Cineteca Madrid, Spain
  • Columbia University, NYC, USA
  • Yale University, New Haven, USA
  • Phantoms of the Night. 100 Years Nosferatu. Staatliche Museen Berlin, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Germany
  • Kino Rex Bern,  Switzerland
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
  • Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Oldenburg University, Germany
  • Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
  • Schauspielhaus Erfurt, Germany








Alternative poster artwork by Jan Bachmann↩︎

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