Initiation

Original Title: Blutsfreundschaft

technical information

2009; Austria; Drama, Gay; 92 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

credits

Director
Peter Kern
Writer
Peter Kern
D.O.P.
Peter Roehsler
Editor
Petra Zöbnek
Music
Boris Fiala, Andreas Hamza
Production Company
Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion
Producer
Die Katze Farkas, Peter Kern
Sound Design
Odo Grötschnig, Wolfgang Mohaupt

cast

Gustav Tritzinsky
Helmut Berger
Axel
Harry Lampl
Jacob / Christina Thürmer
Melanie Kretschmann
Lippi
Michael Steinocher
Snoopy
Manuel Rubey
Wolfi
Matthias Franz Stein
Peter
Oliver Rosskopf
Willi
Heribert Sasse
Dr. Kraake
Gregor Seberg
  • Peter Kern
  • Helmut Berger

Peter Kern

Peter Kern was born on the 13th of February 1949 in Vienna, Austria. He was a singer in the Vienna Boy’s Choir and, later, a stage actor. He performed in almost 70 films and worked together with R.W. Fassbinder and Wim Wenders He won the German Film Award for his performances in “Flammende Herzen” (“Flaming Hearts”), “Falsche Bewegung” (“The wrong move”) and “Hitler – ein Film aus Deutschland” (“Hitler: A Film from Germany”). He directed his first feature film (“Crazy Boys”) in 1988 and his short film “Fifty-Fifty” was nominated at the Berlin International Film Festival. Filmcomment said in July 2008 “Peter Kern is undefeated”.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
2012
Glaube, Liebe, Tod
2010
Die verrückte Welt der Ute Bock
2005
Donauleichen
1993
Domenica
1989
Hab`ich nur deine Liebe
1978
Flammende Herzen
1975
Falsche Bewegung
Short
2001
Fifty-Fifty
photo of Peter Kern

Helmut Berger

Helmut Berger, born in Bad Ischl, Austria, is a respected actor, mostly known for starring in Luchino Visconti's films. At the age of 18 he moved to London where he attended drama school. After studying in Perugia he moved to Rome.

In 1964 he first met Luchino Visconti who gave him his first acting role in the movie ´Le streghe´. Helmut Berger attained international fame playing the amoral Martin von Essenbek in Visconti´s ´The Damned´, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1969. Four years later he won the ´David di Donatello´ for his performance in ´Ludwig´. He appeared in numerous French, Italian and German films and spent one season on the American soap ´Dynasty´.
In 2007, he received a Special Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his overall professional achievements.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
2013
Paganini: The Devil`s Violinist
2011
Mörderschwestern
2004
Honey Baby
1990
The Godfather: Part III
1974
Gruppo di famiglia in un interno
1972
Ludwig II
1970
Dorian Gray
1969
La caduta degli dei
photo of Helmut Berger
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