André Heller’s Menschenkinder: Sophie Freud

Film screening – Reflektor André Heller / Elbphilharmonie PLUS

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Sophie Freud
Sophie Freud

Psychologist with a large legacy

Sophie Freud (1924-2022), the granddaughter of Sigmund Freud who was born in Vienna and later emigrated to the USA, recounts the emotional stages of her life in conversation with André Heller. Recollections of her grandfather, fleeing the Nazis and her early days and studies in America are only a fraction of this. Sophie Freud was herself a psychologist, social worker and lecturer. She had a critical stance towards the teachings of her grandfather.

In his film series »Menschenkinder«, André Heller has been profiling very different personalities and their lives since 2013. Insightful conversations give the interviewees free reign to recount from their memoirs. Without any pressure or specified direction, they disclose such intimate insights into their career, suddenly recollect long-forgotten memories and, completely incidentally, create a panorama of contemporary history and lived-in worlds. In 2016, André Heller invited the granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, the highly educated and humorous psychologist Sophie Freud, before the cameras.

Please note: This film will be shown in German.


André Hellers Menschenkinder: Sophie Freud (director: André Heller, AT, 2016)

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Reflektor André Heller

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Stiftung Elbphilharmonie