Mein bester Feind

My Best Enemy
Wolfgang Murnberger
Austria, Luxemburg
Paul Hengge
Moritz Bleibtreu / Georg Friedrich / Ursula Strauss / Uwe Bohm / Marthe Keller / Udo Samel
Aichholzer Filmproduktion / Samsa Film


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.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Austrian Film Prize 2012
Best Make-Up