Named best TV fiction production at Austria’s Romy awards in May, Freud takes viewers into gothic 1890s Vienna where a young Sigmund Freud, eager to make his name as a progressive psychoanalyst, joins a psychic and an inspector to solve a string of bloody mysteries.
In this DQTV interview, showrunner Marvin Kren and executive producer Moritz Polter introduce the German-language series and reveal how Freud, trying to write his own history, confronts a dark conspiracy that will influence the entire Hapsburg Empire.
They discuss how they dramatised the real-life figure, who was a brave and revolutionary thinker but also someone who had a dark side and was addicted to cocaine. Kren and Polter also talk about the challenge of representing Freud’s theories through the eight-part drama without diving into detailed explanations, and discuss casting Robert Finster in the lead role.
Frued is produced by Bavaria Fiction and Satel Film for Austrian broadcaster ORF and Netflix.