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Wiener Filmmusik

When Nazi arrived in Vienna, to stay or to flee?

【Der Trafikant】(The Tobacconist)

Based on the international bestseller novel《The Tobacconist》by Robert Seethaler, this Austrian/German feature film reveals a tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

▪ Director : Nikolaus Leytner

▪ Composer : Matthias Weber

The music below is composed by Hua-Chun Fan (Fionn. Han) for „Wiener Filmmusik Preis 2019 " competition in Vienna in 2019.🎙Listen by headphone is recommended.

Music Concept

Considering the somber tone of this ending scene, I chose the husky voice of Peruvian panpipes to symbolise the inner struggles of Franz. Besides the pleasant Waltz flowing from the gramophone, I also wanted to energize the atmosphere a bit by suggesting his 'silent yell' when Franz approached the flagpoles. This piece is my first attempt to use only one motif through the whole narrative.

Specail thnaks to Alexander Nittmen for translating the German letter at the snowy Neubaugasse, warm thanks to composer Yu-Chun Huang's encouragements, advices and Błażej Antoniewicz's unparalleled feedback with rewarding experience-sharing. Heartily appreciated :)

Der Trafikant - 1© Petro Domenigg _ TOBIS Film GmbH.jpg

【Film synopsis】

17-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz.


As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee? (Quoted from Epo-film. Image© Petro Domenigg/TOBIS Film GmbH)

Der Trafikant - 2© Petro Domenigg _ TOBIS Film GmbH.jpg
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