Film to be based on events, eyewitness accounts

“Bagdad Cafe’s” director Percy Adlon has teamed up with his son Felix and wife Eleonore to develop “Mahler auf der Couch,” a psychological drama about the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s life.

Set in 1910, plot deals with the composer’s tumultuous marital life with Alma and his ambivalent relationship with Sigmund Freud. 

“This film is a real small drama, it’s not what I call a brown period piece,” said Percy Adlon, who wrote the film based on actual events, eyewitness accounts and Mahler’s journal entries.  “And hopefully people will experience this story in musical terms as if a contemporary composer had described it.”

Adlon plans on shooting in Holland, Vienna and Munich for a 2010 release, in time for Mahler’s 150th anniversary.

Budgeted at 3.5 million euros, pic will be co-produced by Eleonore Adlons’ shingle, Leora Films, and CultFilm.

The Bavarian cast includes Barbara Romaner, Johannes Silberschneider and Karl Markovics.

L.A. Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the film’s music.

The composer’s life has already been depicted in Ken Russell’s “Mahler,” which earned a Bafta nod in 1975.

Adlon is also presenting the director’s cut, HD-restored version of “Bagdad Cafe” at the Cannes Market.

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