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After his father’s suicide, Paul, 16 years old, turns up uninvited to his aunt’s house. Marked by his dramatic experience, the boy is searching for an ideal world. He intrudes upon the seemingly ideal family composed by a mother, a father, a son and a dog. They live in a house with a garden, a pingpong table and a dilapidated swimming pool. But under the surface there are many tensions, above all between the son and the mother who expects too much from the boy’s piano lessons. After rejecting Paul 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 and the boy changes the life of his aunt’s family forever.

Original Title PINGPONG
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 89'
Production Year 2006
Nationality Germany
Directed by Matthias Luthardt
Screenplay Matthias Luthardt, Meike Hauck
Script Matthias Luthardt, Meike Hauck
Director of photography Christian Marohl
Editor Florian Miosge
Production Design Friederike Hagen
Costume Design Andrea Schein
Sound Jacob Ilgner
Music Matthias Petsche
Main cast Sebastian Urzendowsky (Paul)
Marion Mitterhammer (Anna)
Clemens Berg (Robert)
Falk Rockstroh (Stefan)
Produced by Niklas Bäumer, Anke Hartwig

pingpong regMatthias Luthardt

Born in 1972, he studied directing at the Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. He co-founded the film production company “risingstar” and participated in the Masterclass of the German-French Film Academy. PINGPONG is Matthias’ first feature film after directing numerous award winning documentaries and short films.


Director’s statement

“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 poetic, 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”.

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