BLUTSFREUNDSCHAFT

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BLUTSFREUNDSCHAFT

INITIATION

Peter Kern
A, 2009
Fiction, 92min, OmeU

BLUTSFREUNDSCHAFT

Peter Kern
A, 2009
Fiction, 92min, OmeU

Cast: 
Helmut Berger
Gustav Tritzinsky
Harry Lampl
Axel
Melanie Kretschmann
Jacob / Christina Thürmer
Manuel Rubey
Snoopy
Michael Steinocher
Lippi
Matthias Franz Stein
Wolfi
Oliver Rosskopf
Peter
Heribert Sasse
Willi
Gregor Seberg
Dr. Kraake
Screenplay: 
Peter Kern nach einer Idee von Frank Maria Reifenberg
Sound: 
Odo Grötschnig
Wolfgang Mohaupt
Camera: 
Peter Röhsler
Editor: 
Petra Zöpnek
Composer: 
Boris Fiala
Andreas Hamza
Decoration: 
Hannes Salat
Costume: 
Maurizio Giambra

Production: 
Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion
World Sales: 
EastWest Filmdistribution Schottenfeldgasse 14 1070 Wien, Österreich T +43 1 524 93 10 office@eastwest-distribution.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih Spittelberggasse 3/3 1070 Wien T 1 522 48 14 office@stadtkinowien.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

HOME RUN. New Cinema from Austria

16-year-old Axel falls out with his step-father and becomes involved in a neonazi gang. To join the gang he has to prove himself by killing a social worker. He runs away and takes refuge in a dry-cleaning shop run by 80-year-old Gustav Tritzinsky. Axel reminds Gustav of the lover he had during the war, his first love whom he betrayed to the Gestapo, so to atone for that betrayal he takes Axel in. Now Axel has to choose between his homophobic street friends and the friendship of a homosexual old man.
I bring the neo-Nazis, as brutal and repulsive as they are, into a position that primarily highlights background and reason. This is executed on the back of the main character, an 80 year old homosexual who betrayed his partner in the Nazi era. He also has burdened himself with guilt that he cannot deal with ever since. His best friend is a transsexual who is the source of the only joy in his life. A story everybody can relate to, that touches and moves every single one of us. I already picked up on the issues of the forgotten ageing gay community in my film Knutschen Kuscheln Jubilieren. It was important for me that the story takes place in Vienna, mainly because I have come across a lot of xenophobic and right-wing people here, who tend to go unnoticed by the general public. (Peter Kern)