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Der letzte Sommer der Reichen

Runtime:
91 min.
Year of Production:
2015
Country:
Österreich
Director:
Cast:
Amira Casar
Nicole Gerdon
Winfried Glatzeder
Heinz Trixner
Traute Furtner
Margarethe Tiesel
Oliver Rosskopf
Paul Matic
Stephanie Fürstenberg
Nicole Beutler
Susanna Hohlrieder
Production Company:
nanookfilm
Berlinale Section:
Panorama

Young and attractive company executive Hanna von Stezewitz (Amira Casar) has everything, and just takes whatever she doesn’t. She’s an arrogant and unscrupulous manipulator who has politicians and banks in her pocket – she’s a perfect example of predatory capitalism whose preferred sartorial look is patent leather and leather. To avoid boredom she seeks ever more extreme kicks and sees her abuse of a young girl with hopes of a career merely as collateral damage, nothing money can’t fix. The only person who stands in her way is her bedridden grandfather, the family patriarch, and his reactionary worldview. Desperate to be rid of him, she hires a killer. When Hanna unexpectedly finds a lover who is her equal in the shape of Sarah, the nun who is her grandfather’s nurse, her happiness seems complete. But does she really have everything under control? Peter Kern has succeeded in creating an angry, opulent portrait of manners in which everyone – rich or poor – is corruptible or at least susceptible to seduction, and criminality and capital go hand in glove. A merry dance of corruption in which anyone who steps out of time is simply brushed aside.

BIOGRAFIE Peter Kern

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1949, he was a choirboy and stage actor and began working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1973. In 1978 he won a German Film Award for his performances in HITLER – A FILM FROM GERMANY and FLAMING HEARTS. He directed his first feature film, CRAZY BOYS, in 1986, and has appeared in films by Werner Schroeter, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg and Christoph Schlingensief among others. FIFTYFIFTY screened in the Berlinale’s Short Film Competition in 2001 and BELIEF, LOVE, DEATH in the Panorama in 2012.

FILMOGRAFIE Peter Kern (selection)

2015 Der letzte Sommer der Reichen  2011 Glaube, Liebe, Tod  2011 Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo  2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter  2009 Blutsfreundschaft  1973 Welt am Draht [restaurierte Fassung] 

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