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Fuehrer Ex

Fuehrer Ex
Christian Bluemel, Aaron Hildebrand (photo © Nadja Klier/TOBIS STUIOCANAL)

1986. Tommy and Heiko are both 18-years-old and live in East Berlin. They have been friends since kindergarten and dream of life in a free country. After a failed escape attempt, they land in one of the German Democratic Republic’s worse prisons. In order to survive daily life there, Tommy uses the protection of the in-house neo-Nazi scene, but Heiko’s existence and survival in jail is jeopardy. Tommy comes up with an escape plan and makes it to the west, but Heiko hesitates and backs out at the last minute. Left behind, Heiko joins the neo-Nazis and becomes one of the gang leaders. Several months later, after the fall of the Wall, Tommy shows up in Berlin again. Heiko now has to decide between his friendship with Tommy and his radical political inclinations.

Fuehrer Ex is based on the autobiographical book about Ingo Hasselbach, Die Abrechnung - ein Neonazi steigt aus, which was also published in the U.S. by Random House New York under the title of Fuehrer Ex.


Winfried Bonengel studied at the ESRA Film Academy in Paris from 1985-1989. He worked as a theater director and director's assistant before he began directing himself. In addition to writing numerous screenplays, he has directed: La Petite Illusion (short, 1987), Die Anweisung (short, 1989), Wir sind wieder da (TV, 1991), Eine unheilige Allianz (TV, 1992), Beruf Neonazi (1993) - which was shown at over 40 festivals, Mein Leben: Der Knast (TV, 1994), The Right Wing Exposé (1995), Max Wolkenstein - Tod eines Penners (TV, 1996), and Fuehrer Ex (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Winfried Bonengel
Screenplay Douglas Graham, Ingo Hasselbach, Winfried Bonengel
Cinematography Frank Barbian
Monika Schindler
Loek Dikker
Thomas Stammer
Cast Harry Baer, Luci van Org, Jule Flierl, Aaron Hildebrand, Christian Bluemel
Producers Laurens Straub, Clementina Hegewisch
Production Company Next Film, in co-production with TOBIS Filmproduktion, MBP Medien/Munich
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Venice 2002 (in competition), Toronto 2002, Sao Paulo 2002, Black Nights Tallinn 2002, NatFilm Fest 2002, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor TOBIS Film

World Sales
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