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by Wolfgang Murnberger


Vienna in the 1930s. Victor Kaufmann, the son of a wealthy cosmopolitan Jewish couple, works in his father’s art gallery. His best friend whom he has known since childhood and from whom he is inseparable, is Rudi Smekal. Victor’s girlfriend, the attractive and vibrant Lena, is also a friend of Rudi’s. In a moment of exuberance Victor shows his friend a well-kept family secret: a drawing by Michelangelo that was believed lost. It comes as a terrible shock to Victor to learn that Rudi has long been a member of the Nazi party and is hoping that Austria’s annexation to Germany will improve his career chances with the Nazis. Having missed the right moment to flee Austria, the Kaufmanns are now stuck in Vienna. They transfer their estate to Lena in an attempt to protect it from being confiscated. Having bragged about the Michelangelo drawing, Rudi receives an order from Berlin to seize the art work. In order to save his old friends, Rudi suggests a deal: the drawing in exchange for the Kauf manns’ freedom.

international title: My Best Enemy
original title: Mein bester Feind
country: Austria, Luxembourg
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Wolfgang Murnberger
film run: 109'
release date: AT 11/03/2011
screenplay: Paul Hengge
cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Uwe Bohm, Marthe Keller, Udo Samel
cinematography by: Peter von Haller
film editing: Evi Rome
art director: Isidor Wimmer
costumes designer: Martina List
music: Matthias Weber
producer: Josef Aichholzer, Jani Thiltges
production: Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Samsa Film
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Filmladen


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2011 Out of Competition

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