INITIATION

INITIATION

Original Title: Blutsfreundschaft

Synopsis

16-year-old Axel falls out with his step-father and becomes involved in a neo-nazi 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 (Helmut Berger). 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 and obsession of a homosexual old man.

Technical Information

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

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

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

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

2011

EUROCINE 27

May 09 – 09

FEBIOFEST

Mar 24 – Apr 01

2010

PLUS CAMERIMAGE

Nov 27 – Dec 04

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 17 – 29 (in competition)

 

Berlin –

BERLINALE 2010 – 60. INT. FILMFESTSPIELE BERLIN

PANORAMA

Feb 21

2009

VIENNALE INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 22 – Nov 04

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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