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PINGPONG

PINGPONG
PINGPONG (photo © JUNIFILM GmbH)

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 slowly drags him onto her side. Paul is attracted to her. Only too late he realizes that he has been drawn under control, and is now at her mercy.

Paul's hurt drives him into an act of desperation.


Matthias Luthardt was born in 1972 in Leiden/The Netherlands and grew up in Germany. After his civil service, he spent six months in Lyon, followed by studies in German, French and Journalism in Tuebingen, Paris and Hamburg. From 1998-2005, he studied at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 1999, he co-founded the production company \"risingstar\". From 2001-2002, he participated in the Masterclass of the German-French Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and Paris. A selection of his films includes: Blindgaenger (short, 2001), von wegen wir (short, 2001), Abgefahren! (documentary, 2002), Menschen brauchen Hobbies (documentary, 2004), and Pingpong (2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Matthias Luthardt
Screenplay Meike Hauck, Matthias Luthardt
Cinematography Christian Marohl
Florian Miosge
Matthias Petsche
Friederike Hagen
Cast Falk Rockstroh, Clemens Berg, Marion Mitterhammer, Sebastian Urzendowsky
Producer Niklas Baeumer
Production Company JUNIFILM, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, MDR, Koppmedia/Halle
Length 89 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Cannes 2006 (Critics' Week), Munich 2006, Giffoni 2006, Montreal 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Warsaw 2006, Pusan 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006 (In Competition), Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Goeteborg 2007, Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), Istanbul 2007, Karlovy Vary 2007, Kolkata 2007, Huesca 2008
Awards Best Film SACD & OFAJ, Palm Dog Cannes 2006, Bronze Gryphon Giffoni 2006, Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award 2007
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung

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