THE MAIN ACTOR
The final take is shot. The film is done. Pepe, our 15-year-old lead, has to return to his world of mute poverty and dead-end dependency on an abusive father which the film's director briefly freed him from. PEPE'S LIFE, the story of a joyless existence, is done filming. The director has other things to worry about. Pepe's fifteen minutes of fame are over. He feels dumped and betrayed, scheming for vengeance.
Meet the director
Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.