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Peter Kern

A 2009, 95 min

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 (Helmut Berger). 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.

A 2002, 80 min

In his documentary with fictitious elements, Peter Kern shows how Christoph Schlingensief bans political parties in ‘nazi-free’ Switzerland, stages Hamlet at Zurich playhouse and socially reintegrates Neo-nazis at the same time. Time is off the rails, there’s something wrong in the state. Schlingensief’s Hamlet reaches out to politics and to life and triggers joy, laughter doubt and horror.
Kern operated with his film team, from within and from behind the scenes, as a confident of Schlingensief, and as actor in the play: he plays King Claudius.

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