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(MEIN KAMPF)

photo © Jasmin Morgan/Schiwago Film 2009

In the year 1910 young Adolf Hitler leaves his hometown in the deepest Austrian province and travels to Vienna. Aiming to conquer the world as a famous painter he wants to prove his talent at the Academy of Fine Arts. The young artist rents himself a room at a home for the homeless and waits for his big day. He shares his room with the Jewish book-seller Schlomo Herzl. With the arrival of the Academy's rejection, it turns out that Hitler overestimated his artistic abilities and his little world falls apart. Having lost all faith in his future, Hitler cannot get over his ignominy and wants to put his life to an end. Ironically, it is the Jewish man Schlomo who finally suggests to Hitler to try his luck in politics. It does not take long and Hitler becomes the head of a local radical group, which is known for its violent action.

The bittersweet grotesqueness of MEIN KAMPF is based on the fable-like theater play by George Tabori, which has found its way onto stages worldwide since its premiere in Vienna in 1987.


Urs Odermatt was born in 1955 in Switzerland and has been working in film, television and the theater since 1983 after studying Directing and Scriptwriting with Krysztof Kieslowski and Edward Zebrowski. A selection of films includes: Rotlicht! (1986), Gekauftes Glueck (1988), Wachmeister Zumbuehl (1993), Mein Kampf (2009), and Der Boese Onkel (2010), as well as numerous TV movies.
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Urs Odermatt
Cinematography Jo Molitoris
Claudio Cea, Lilo Gerber
Enis Rotthoff
Carola Gauster
Cast Wolf Bachofner, Bernd Birkhahn, Paul Matic, Elisabeth Orth, Henning Peker, Karin Neuhäuser, Anna Unterberger, Tom Schilling, Goetz George, Simon Schwarz
Producers Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny, Marcos Kantis
Co-Producers Christof Neracher, Danny Krausz
Production Company Schiwago Film, in co-production with ZDFtheaterkanal/Mainz, Dor Film, ORF/Vienna, Hugofilm Productions, SRF/Zurich
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 2009, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2010, Solothurn 2010, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Sao Paulo 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, IBH HessenInvestFilm, MEDIA, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, BAK Bundesamt fuer Kultur, Zuericher Filmstiftung, Aargauer Kuratorium

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