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by Peter Kern


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. 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.

international title: Initiation
original title: Blutsfreundschaft
country: Austria
sales agent: EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Kern
film run: 92'
screenplay: Peter Kern
cast: Helmut Berger, Harry Lampl, Melanie Kretschmann, Manuel Rubey, Michael Steinocher, Matthias Franz Stein, Oliver Rosskopf, Heribert Sasse, Gregor Seberg
cinematography by: Peter Röhsler
film editing: Rainer Fritz
art director: Hannes Salat
costumes designer: Maurizio Giambra
music: Boris Fiala, Andreas Hamza
producer: Franz Novotny
production: Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion
distributor: Stadtkino Filmverleih
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