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A Pass From The Back (Aus der Tiefe des Raumes)

A Pass From The Back
Scene from "Aus der Tiefe des Raumes" (photo © schlicht und ergreifend)

In the lovely provincial atmosphere of a Rhineland small town during the 60s, we witness an incredible, unbelievable story: Hans-Guenter is a reserved young man in his 20s, working in a small auto body paint shop. Although pretty skillful in making old cars shine like new, his grumpy boss usually harasses him. But all his frustration and shyness are compensated and blown away when he tends to his remarkable hobby: he plays Tipp-Kick. Hans-Guenter is a high-level player in this seemingly bizarre tabletop soccer game. And he has developed an intense relationship to his favorite figurine, Number 10.

One day during an important Tipp-Kick competition, Hans-Guenter meets the young press photographer Marion and his shy life is completely thrown out of joint. While he and Marion enjoy a tender romantic night together, a mysterious “birth” takes place in the next room. Number 10 has accidentally fallen into the chemical developer in Marion’s improvised darkroom: Number 10 comes to real life and mutates into a fully grown man under the powerful forces of mystery and nature. Hans-Guenter doesn’t know yet that his Number 10 will soon change his neat and tidy life, nor does anyone know that Number 10 will soon change the world of soccer...


Gil Mehmert was born in 1965. He studied Directing under August Everding from 1987-1991 in Munich. Since 1992, he has been working as a freelance theater director, with such productions as I Hired a Contract Killer, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Harold and Maude among others. In 1999, he turned to film with the award-winning short Ukulele Blues. Aus der Tiefe des Raumes (2004) marks his feature debut.
Genre Comedy, Sports, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Gil Mehmert
Screenplay Gil Mehmert
Cinematography Bella Halben
Bernd Schlegel
Alex Haas, Stefan Noelle
Alissa Kolbusch, Johannes Sternagel
Cast Eckhard Preuß, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Mira Bartuschek, Sandra Leonhard, Karl Korte, Meike Schlueter, Christoph Maria Herbst
Producers Philipp Budweg, Johannes Schmid, Uli Aselmann, Robert Marciniak
Production Company Lieblingsfilm, in co-production with die film gmbh/Munich
Length 88 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 2004, Biberach 2004, Luenen 2004, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema)
Awards VGF Award 2004
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, First Movie Program, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Timebandits Films/Potsdam

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