Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf

Deutschland / Österreich / Schweiz 2008/2009, Spielfilm

Inhalt

In 1910, young Adolf Hitler, aiming to conquer the world as a painter, is on his way from the provincial recesses of Austria to Vienna. He rents himself a room at a men’s hostel in the Leichengasse, "Cadaver Alley", and feverishly awaits the big day of his entrance examination for the Academy of the Fine Arts. He shares the rundown barrack with two Jewish men: the wily Bible hawker Shlomo Herzl and the kosher cook Lobkowitz, who claims to be God and has been known to cause miracles. Wise old Shlomo wants to write a book, but nobody thinks much of its title "Mein Leben" (My Life). They come up with "Mein Kampf". Hitler is also enthusiastic about it.

Shlomo, hospitable and good-natured, feels responsible for the impetuous Hitler and takes him under his wing. For Hitler, who vastly overestimates his artistic talent, the world falls apart when the Academy rejects him for the second time. And again it is good old Shlomo who hurries to bring Hitler back from the depths of his suicidal hopelessness. Hitler brazenly exploits the support offered by Shlomo, who cooks and washes up for him and even trims his droopy moustache. In return Hitler tries to seduce young Gretchen, Shlomo’s girlfriend. Ironically, it is Shlomo himself who recommends Hitler to try his luck in politics.

The film grotesque "Mein Kampf", based on George Tabori’s eponymous theatrical farce, is by no means a historical reconstruction of Hitler’s time in Vienna. Instead it is a timeless parable of good serving evil, in which the borders between reality and fiction are blurred.

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Urs Odermatt
Screenplay:Martin Lehwald
Director of photography:Jo Molitoris
Editing:Lilo Gerber, Claudio Cea
Music:Enis Rotthoff
  
Cast: 
Götz GeorgeSchlomo Herzl
Tom SchillingAdolf Hitler
Wolf BachofnerHimmlischst
Simon SchwarzMax
Henning PekerAnton
Elisabeth OrthFrau Tod
Anna UnterbergerGretchen
Bernd BirkhahnLobkowitz
Jan GebauerGefängniswärter
Paul MaticErich
Karin NeuhäuserFrau Merschmeyer
Wolfgang HübschMandelbaum
Ernst StankovskiRektor
Kajetan DickRothaariger Student
Patricia HirschbichlerFrau Rosenthal
Uwe LachFotograf
Michael OstrowskiKleiner Dieb
Franz Josef CsencsitsGroßer Dieb
  
Production company:Schiwago Film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny, Marcos Kantis

All Credits

Director:Urs Odermatt
Assistant director:Nadja Berke
Screenplay:Martin Lehwald
based on:George Tabori
Director of photography:Jo Molitoris
2nd Camera unit:Oliver Lechner
Still photography:Jasmin Morgan
Lighting design:Max Zitny
Key grip:Chris Reichel
Set design:René Zetzschke (Kulissenbauleiter), Carola Gauster (Szenenbild), Ingo König
Property master:Moritz Heinlin, Mike Weidner
Stand-by props:David Thummerer
Construction manager:Christoph Sieber
Make-up artist:Roland Krämer, Julia Lechner, Irene Storig
Costume design:Thomas Oláh
Costumes:Gina Krauß
Editing:Lilo Gerber, Claudio Cea
Sound design:David Ziegler
Sound:Dietmar Zuson
Stunt co-ordinator:Jürgen Klein
Casting:Anja Dihrberg
Music:Enis Rotthoff
  
Cast: 
Götz GeorgeSchlomo Herzl
Tom SchillingAdolf Hitler
Wolf BachofnerHimmlischst
Simon SchwarzMax
Henning PekerAnton
Elisabeth OrthFrau Tod
Anna UnterbergerGretchen
Bernd BirkhahnLobkowitz
Jan GebauerGefängniswärter
Paul MaticErich
Karin NeuhäuserFrau Merschmeyer
Wolfgang HübschMandelbaum
Ernst StankovskiRektor
Kajetan DickRothaariger Student
Patricia HirschbichlerFrau Rosenthal
Uwe LachFotograf
Michael OstrowskiKleiner Dieb
Franz Josef CsencsitsGroßer Dieb
  
Production company:Schiwago Film GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:DOR Film Produktionsgesellschaft mbH (Wien), Hugofilm Productions GmbH (Zürich)
in association with:ZDFkultur (Mainz), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Schweizer Fernsehen für die deutsche und rätoromanische Schweiz (SF DRS) (Zürich), SRG SSR idée suisse (Bern), ORF Enterprise GmbH & Co KG (Wien)
Producer:Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny, Marcos Kantis
Co-Producer:Oliver Berben, Danny Krausz, Christof Neracher, Thomas Peter Friedl
Producer (TV):Wolfgang Bergmann (ZDF), Meike Klingenberg (ZDF), Madeleine Hirsiger (SF DRS), Tamara Mattle (SF DRS), Alberto Chollet (SRG), Heinrich Mis (ORF)
Line producer:Michal Pokorny
Unit production manager:Frank Zahl
Location manager:Lena Bretschneider, Roland Pfannhauser, Christine Ajayi (Motiv), Martin Kirchner (Sett)
Production assistant:David Steinberger
Production coordinator:Sandra Schuppach
Original distributor:UFA Cinema GmbH (Berlin/München)
Length:3018 m, 110 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.02.2011, 126376, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CA): 29.08.2009, Montreal, WFF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 24.02.2011

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Originaltitel (DE) Mein Kampf

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Length:3018 m, 110 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.02.2011, 126376, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CA): 29.08.2009, Montreal, WFF;
Erstaufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 24.02.2011
 

Awards

FBW 2010
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
 

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