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Julian Radlmaier wraps the shoot for Blutsauger

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- Set in the late 1920s, the upcoming movie will portray the encounter between a penniless Soviet refugee and a young female vampire on the Baltic coast

Julian Radlmaier wraps the shoot for Blutsauger
Daniel Hoesl, Lilith Stangenberg and Alex Herbst in Blutsauger (© Faktura Film)

Young German director Julian Radlmaier, whom everyone should be keeping a close eye on, finished shooting his new film, Blutsauger, earlier this month. Radlmaier, who worked as an assistant director for Werner Schroeter, and translated and edited several writings by French philosopher Jacques Rancière, piqued the interest of film critics with his previous works A Spectre Is Haunting Europe, A Proletarian Winter's Tale and Self Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog [+see also:
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, titles that screened at prestigious international film festivals of the likes of Rotterdam, the Berlinale and the Viennale. In 2017, Radlmaier’s Self Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog received the German Film Critics’ Award for Best First Feature of the Year.

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Blutsauger will star Georgian filmmaker Alexandre Koberidze (Let the Summer Never Come Again [+see also:
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) as a poor Soviet refugee who, in the late 1920s, aspires to embark on a career in Hollywood. On his way there, he encounters a young, rich female vampire on the Baltic coast and falls in love. Austrian director Daniel Hoesl (Soldier Jane [+see also:
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), Lilith Stangenberg, Alex Herbst, Corinna Harfouch, Andreas Döhler, Mareike Beykirch and Kyung-Taek Lie are also among the cast of the upcoming feature. Markus Koob, who also worked with Radlmaier on the director’s previous two films, is on board as the cinematographer.

Penned by Radlmaier himself, the script for Blutsauger received the Golden Lola for Best Unfilmed Screenplay (a prize endowed with €10,000) during the 2019 Berlinale and was praised by the jury for being “extravagant, bizarre and hilarious”.

Blutsauger is being produced by Germany’s Faktura Film (Kirill Krasovski) in co-production with WDR/ARTE, with the support of The Post Republic, Maier Bros and Ludwig Kameraverleih. The film has so far been backed by the BKM, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and nordmedia. Grandfilm will distribute the movie in Germany, while ARRI Media will handle the world sales.

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