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AXEL THE HERO (AXEL DER HELD)

AXEL THE HERO
photo © ostlicht filmproduktion/Georges Pauly

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2015

Axel lives in a poor village where people work days at the chicken farm and gamble their last pennies at night. It's made Manne, the farm and casino owner, a very powerful man. Axel's debts are so great he has to do whatever Manne says. So he works in Manne's villa but can at least see his childhood love Jenny, who is now Manne's girlfriend. Axel seeks refuge in his imagination. He has rebuilt the entire village as a model in his cottage. Here, he is king, his word is law. Here, he saves Jenny from Manne and sends him running. One day Axel finds a friend, his neighbor Heiner, a strange guy who constantly quotes Karl May and talks happily with his chicken. Only by joining forces will they bring Manne's empire crashing down.
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Director Hendrik Hölzemann
Screenplay Hendrik Hölzemann, André Bergelt
Cinematography Lars R. Liebold
Cast Johannes Kienast, Christian Grashof, Emilia Schüle, Sascha Geršak, Imogen Kogge, Adrian Zwicker, Oliver Bröcker, Gitte Reppin, Bibiana Beglau, Katharina Wackernagel
Producers Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab
Production Company Ostlicht Filmproduktion/Weimar, in co-production with ARD Degeto
Language
 German
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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