World premiere: Berlinale 2021 / Encounters
1928. The Soviet factory worker Lyovoshka is cast to play Trotsky in a film by Sergei Eisenstein. But his dreams of a new life as an artist are shattered when the real Trotsky falls out of favour with Stalin and Lyovoshka is cut out of the film. He flees his communist homeland and wants to try his luck in Hollywood. For now, however, he’s still stuck in a swank German Baltic resort. Disguised as a persecuted aristocrat, he tries to get money for the passage to New York by pickpocketing. During one of his forays he meets the young factory owner Octavia Flambow-Jansen, who spends the summer at the seaside with her servant Jakob. The eccentric millionairess is intrigued by the mysterious refugee and offers him shelter in her luxurious mansion. He quickly falls in love with his dazzling hostess, much to the chagrin of the awkward Jakob, who also has a crush on the boss. A light summer romance is on the horizon - too bad that thirsty vampires are terrorizing the area. And even worse, that Octavia herself is a bloodsucker.