The Tobacconist (2018)

1h 53m / Not Rated / Drama


This is an arthouse theatrical exclusive, not available on other streaming platforms. 

PS… ignore the showtimes at right. We have to put something in there to make this show up on our home page! – TT Team

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz, Wings of Desire, Downfall), 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?

Based on the International bestseller by Robert Seethaler, The Tobacconist is a tender, heart-breaking story of friendship and love, and a vibrant coming-of-age story set in the midst of the Nazi occupation, highlighted by “an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz” (The Hollywood Reporter).

German w. English subtitles


Live Q&A sessions! On Thursday, July 16 at 6pm EST, director Nikolaus Leytner will participate in a live-stream discussion hosted by The Gene Siskel Film Center and moderated by Erin Gizewski of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Germanic Studies department. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

After your purchase you can watch The Tobacconist for five days on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV. You can also download the “Kino Now” app for Roku or Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later) and watch the film there.

The film’s distributors, Menemsha Films and Kino Lorber, will be splitting the revenue with Tampa Theatre. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means that we are unable to offer Member pricing for virtual screenings. Thanks for your understanding, and THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT TAMPA THEATRE!