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18 December 2015

'Therapy for a Vampire' received Austrian Film Award 2016 nominations for Costume, Make Up...

Recently on 16 December, the nominations for the Austrian Film Awards 2016 were unveiled. Three of 49 nominations in 16 categories went to the comedy 'Therapy for a Vampire' (original title 'Der Vampir auf der Couch') by author and director David Rühm for costume, make up and the best male actor in a supporting role. On 20 January 2016 at Grafenegg (Lower Austria), the winners will receive the prize sculptures which are created and hand-signed by Austrian artist Valie Export.

Costume designer of 'Therapy for a Vampire' is Monika Buttinger (studied at Fashion School Hetzendorf Vienna). Buttinger has received already several awards and was costume designer of the Oscar 2009 nominated film 'Revanche'. As photo stylist, she counts labels like Swarovski or Schwarzkopf to her clients. Sam Dopona received for 'Therapy for a Vampire' the nomination for Best Make Up Artist.

fig. from left: Karl Fischer as 'Dr. Sigmund Freud' and Tobias Moretti as 'Graf Geza von Közsnöm' in the Austrian/Swiss production 'Therapy for a Vampire' (original title 'Der Vampir auf der Couch'); movie released on 19 December 2014. Photo: (C) Thimfilm.
Actors Tobias Moretti and Jeanette Hain play a vampire couple which is married since 500 years and in a marital crisis; actress Cornelia Ivancan appears in the role of a young woman who meets the vampire on occasion of his therapy at Dr. Sigmund Freud during the 1930ies in Vienna. In an interview, author and director David Rühm provides insights into the various levels of the story which is a comedy carried by thoughts of psychoanalysis.
So, Dr. Sigmund Freud (actor Karl Fischer is nominated for the Austrian Film Award 2016) isn't a simple supporting role - the Freudian references are essential for the dramaturgy of the comedy with some bloody vampire-film genre suitable scenes like ripped out heart.

The film was shot at locations in Vienna, Lower Austria and Salzburg. It was the last Austrian movie which was shot - such as the vampire flight scenes (bluescreen) - at the now closed 'Wiener Rosenhügel' film studios.

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