Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

The Pauländers are smallholders oppressed by Big Agribusiness, fighting for their survival. 15-year-old Paule suffers under his authoritarian dad, who's hopelessly in debt, facing financial ruin, and lets his pent-up frustration out on his son, beating and oppressing him. Paule Pauländer manages to escape but fails to gain a foothold in freedom and ultimately returns home - where disaster awaits.

tags: Family, Violence, Youth/Coming of Age, Feature film

Cast: Manfred Reiss, Manfred Gnoth, Katharina Tüschen, Angelika Kulessa, Rolf Zacher, Heinz Hürländer


Screenplay: Burkhard Driest

Director of Photography: Jürgen Jürges

Film Editor: Inez Regnier

Composer: Richard Palmer-James

Production Designer: Will Kley

Costume Design: Barbara Grupp

Sound: Gerhard Birkholz

Producer: Eberhard Junkersdorf

Production Company: Bioskop-Film GmbH

Director: Reinhard Hauff

Editor: Wolf-Dietrich Brücker

TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)


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.