Prince in Hell

Stefan and Jockel are two gay punks who live and love in Kreuzberg. Times were different back then – simpler, it seems. At the Wagenplatz in Adalbertstraße Stefan, Jockel and their gay friends seem to live a punk utopia that suggests freedom and political autonomy until Jockel becomes a heroin addict and things change dramatically. Michale Stock’s film debut is told in the form of a fairy tale about a prince who ends up in hell before slowly falling into dependence on substances that control his life more than he does himself. PRINCE IN HELL is a beautiful document of its time, a sober manifesto of gay punk culture and an artistic narrative of addiction. PRINCE IN HELL is a cult classic of Berlin art film that everyone should have seen at least once in their life. The story takes place shortly after the reunification of West and East Germany and is about the dissolving relationship between the political activist Jockel and the heroin junkie Stefan and their involvement with the bisexual Micha. A second storyline deals with Micha’s young son Sascha and his life in a run-down world of drugs and poverty. His fascination with the creepy, exhibitionist puppet master’s frippery, whose grotesque puppets stage a gay fairy tale parallel to the relationship of Stefan and Jockel. Central to the dissolution of these figures is the drug dealer Ingolf (played by Rainer Werner Fassbinders actor and director assistant Harry Baer), who “pulls the strings” with heroin instead of puppet wires. The music comes from band members of the “Einstürzende Neubauten”.

Director’s Notes

Prinz received the audience award at its premiere in 1993 at the Max Ophüls Festival and was presented at festivals in many countries, including the first Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in St Petersburh and Moscow. The movee was also distributed in the USA and Japan. In Germany “Prince in Hell” was never shown on television, but it was declared a German Cultural Heritage Site and is archived in the German Historical Museum. In 2019 the negative copy of the film was elaborately restored.


The movie is released by Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH: https://www.salzgeber.de/


“Prince in Hölleland” International Film Festival (selection):

1993-2020, officially selected “in the program for various international and LGBTI film festivals, retrospectives, colleges and universities: WP Max Ophüls Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, LGTBI FF in Chicago, Boston, Washington, Seattle, Austin , St. Peterburg, Kiev, Moscow, Osaka, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Upsala, Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Milan, Turino, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Athens and many more.


Michael Stock as Jockel

Stefan Laarmann as Stefan

Andreas Stadler as Micha

Wolfram Haack as Firlefanz (the Jester)

Nils-Leevke Schmidt as Sascha

Simone Spengler as Sabine

Harry Baer as Ingolf

Andréja Schneider as the Singer

Agnes Müller as Women in Bar

Uwe Lauterkorn as Man in Bar

Gerd Kortrezwa as Tramper

Heny Fenrich as 1.Letherman

Dirk Ludigs as 2. Letherman

Alexander Schröder as 1. Killer

Oliver Picot as 2. Killer

Pat Schneble as 1.Tunte

Volker Paravacini as 2. Tunte

Elese Elsterhof as 1. Dragqueen

Markus Zerki as Drunken Proll

Paule as Junky S

usanne Held as Junky

Nicole Schöner as Junky

Daniel Stump as Junky



Directed by Michael Stock

Written by Michael Stock, Stefan Laarmann, and Wolfram Haack

Cinematography by Lorenz Haarmann

Edited by Uwe Lauterkorn

Sound by Margarete Heitmüller

Music by Tom Stern, Alex Hacke, Chrislo Haas, Ash Wednesday, Andreas Vetter, Alexander Christou

Puppets and Puppet Theatre Design by Moss Fitzpatrick, Michael Stock

Production Manager Axel Zawirucha

Director Assistant Bastian Krondorfer