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Karl Kassbach, age 54, lives in Vienna and is the owner of a grocery shop. He can no longer communicate with his wife and his 18 year old son. He has an affair with the new apprentice, Liesi, and his inclination to brutality becomes more pronounced from meeting to meeting. But it is only among his jovial old friends who, like himself, are involved in the activities of the right-extremist organization, 'Initiative' that he feels really secure, the fascist characteristics which he acquired during his youth are here intensified: Together, the comrades go bowling, practice shooting, carry out attacks on guest workers and democratic clubs. During one of these 'actions', Kassbach shoots dead a journalist... The portrait of a petty bourgeois who was exposed to national socialism and is unable to cope with it.
|Writer(s):||Helmut Zenker, Peter Patzak (based on Helmut Zenker's novel Kassbach oder Das allgemeine Interesse an Meerschweinchen|
|Key cast:||Walter Kohut, Immy Schell, Maria Engelstorfer, Konrad Becker, Monika Schöpfer, Franz Buchrieser, Hanno Pöschl, Hans Kraemmer, Erni Mangold, Franz Novotny|
|Awards (selection):||UNESCO Prize awarded by C.I.D.A.I.C.|
Goodbye, Peter Patzak
We are deeply sad to learn that Austrian filmmaker and painter Peter Patzak has passed away. Peter Patzak (1945-2021) made Austrian TV history by creating the legendary satirical crime series Kottan ermittelt (1976-84) together with author Helmut Zenker. He was a prolific director working for both TV and cinema, first achieving international acclaim with Kassbach at the Berlinale 1979. From 1993 to 2003 he also was professor of Directing at the Film Academy Vienna.