pingpong

 
STILLS

PAUL, 16 years old, turns up uninvited to visit his relatives. Having recently lost his father, Paul is searching for an ideal world, and he intrudes upon the seemingly ideal family. After rejecting him at first, Aunt ANNA gradually gets him on her side. PAUL is attracted to her. Only after it is too late does he realize that he has been drawn under her control, and is now at her mercy.
PAUL's pain drives him into an act of desperation.

 

 

MATTHIAS LUTHARDT, born in 1972, studied directing at the Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. Afterwards he co-founded the film production company “risingstar” and participated in the master class of the German-French Film Academy. pingpong is Matthias’ first feature film after directing numerous award winning Documentaries and short films.

« The sun is shining. A woman is talking to her dog. Her son is practising the piano. Time has stopped. In the garden, there’s a dilapidated swimming pool.

“That is how it all started. Very prosaic, no scrolls. An idyll, but something is wrong. I wanted to take a closer look at it. I wanted to study this microcosm and anatomise it. That was the birth of my first long feature film pingpong.

 

 

Cast

SEBASTIAN URZENDOWSKY Paul

MARION MITTERHAMMER Anna

CLEMENS BERG Robert

FALK ROCKSTROH Stefan

Crew

Director MATTHIAS LUTHARDT

Script MEIKE HAUCK & MATTHIAS LUTHARDT

Director of Photography CHRISTIAN MAROHL

Editor FLORIAN MIOSGE

Music MATTHIAS PETSCHE

Producer NIKLAS BÄUMER & Anke Hartwig

A production of JUNIFILM GmbH in co-production with HFF "Konrad Wolf", MDR and KOPPMEDIA
Supported by BMW

Technical information

pingpong – Germany 2006 – Original Language: German (English & French subtitles) –89 min – 35mm – shooting format HD-Cam – Colour - 1:1.85 – Dolby Digital

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