Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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.

tags: Filmmaking, Youth/Coming of Age, Revenge, Feature film

Cast: Michael Schweiger, Mario Adorf, Vadim Glowna, Hans Brenner, Rolf Zacher, Doris Dörrie, Akim Ahrens


Screenplay: Christel Buschmann, Reinhard Hauff

Director of Photography: Frank Brühne

Film Editor: Stefanie Wilke

Composer: Klaus Doldinger

Production Designer: Winfried Hennig

Costume Design: Monika Altmann

Sound: Gerhard Birkholz

Producer: Eberhard Junkersdorf

Production Company: Bioskop-Film GmbH

Co-Producer: Wolf-Dietrich Brücker

Co-Production Company: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Distributor: STUDIOCANAL GmbH

Director: Reinhard Hauff


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.