Pingpong

Deutschland 2005/2006 Spielfilm

Summary

One summer′s day 16-year-old Paul suddenly turns up uninvited at the
door of his relatives. The last family reunion a few months before was a sad
occasion: Paul′s father had committed suicide, and now Paul seeks refuge in
the seemingly intact world of this middle-class family, which he enjoyed
visiting as a child. At first his Aunt Anna is less than enthusiastic about his
visit, since she is throwing her entire ambition into training her likewise 16-
year-old son Robert, a highly talented pianist, for the entrance examination
at a music school. When Anna′s husband Stefan unexpectedly has to leave
on a business trip, Paul makes himself useful by repairing the weatherworn
swimming pool. Her initial reserve soon turns into affection, and Paul also
feels attracted to her. The nearer the date of Robert′s audition approaches,
the greater the tension between mother and son grows. Anna pulls Paul
over to her side of this conflict and soon has him at her mercy, exploiting
his emotional weakness with no thought to the consequences. When the
situation gets out of control, Paul is driven to an act of desperation.

 

With this graduation film at the Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam, Matthias Luthardt and his young team have produced a highly professional film that was invited to the Cannes "Semaine de la Critique", where it won the screenplay prize of the French association of authors and composers (SACD) as well as the young critics award.

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director of photography

Editing

Production company

All Credits

Assistant director

Script supervisor

Director of photography

Steadycam operator

Still photography

Titles / Opticals

Key grip

Property master

Stand-by props

Costume design

Costumes

Editing

Assistant editor

Sound

Sound assistant

Foley artist

Audio mixing

Casting

Production company

Producer (TV)

Line producer

Unit production manager

Shoot

    • 26.07.2005 - 25.08.2005: Ballenstedt (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Duration:
89 min
Format:
HD Cam - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 02.11.2006, 107985, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (FR): 19.06.2005, Cannes, IFF - Woche der Kritik;
Erstaufführung (DE): 17.07.2006, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 16.11.2006;
Aufführung (DE): 13.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - German Cinema

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Pingpong

Versions

Original

Duration:
89 min
Format:
HD Cam - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung: 02.11.2006, 107985, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (FR): 19.06.2005, Cannes, IFF - Woche der Kritik;
Erstaufführung (DE): 17.07.2006, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 16.11.2006;
Aufführung (DE): 13.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - German Cinema

Awards

Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2007
  • Bester Film
Jury der Evangelischen Filmarbeit 2006
  • Film des Monats Oktober 2006
Filmfest München 2006
  • Förderpreis Deutscher Film, Drehbuchpreis
IFF Cannes 2006
  • Palm Dog 2006 - Lobende Erwähnung
  • OFAJ Young Critic Award
  • Preis der SACD, Bestes Drehbuch