MY NEIGHBOURS WITH THE FAT DOG
Since Susanne's husband left her several months ago, she's faced not only an emotional crisis, but a social one as well: going out or visiting friends without Peter — unthinkable! So she unceremoniously denies that she's separated. One lie follows another until Susanne has tied herself in such a knot that she won't go anywhere except to her job at a museum and to her synchronized swimming course. Then new neighbors move in: a young single mother and her seven-year-old daughter. Both of them are impossible to get along with: the mother immature and irresponsible, the daughter rude. A real nuisance to Susanne, who doesn't want any more complications in her chaotic life — but also a real opportunity. Different worlds collide and conflicts arise in the otherwise tranquil house, turning Susanne's life upside down.
Cast: Steffi Kühnert, Zoë Valks, Theodora Tetzlaff, Katharina Marie Schubert, Johanna Gastdorf, Max Hegewald, Judith Hoersch
Screenplay: Kathi Liers
Director of Photography: Eric Ferranti
Film Editor: Nicola Undritz
Composer: Martina Eisenreich
Production Designer: Juliane Friedrich
Costume Design: Petra Wellenstein
Sound: Till Röllinghoff
Producer: Uli Putz, Amelie Syberberg, Tom Klimmer
Production Company: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH
Director: Ingo Rasper
Editor: Katja Kirchen
TV channel: ARD Degeto
Ingo Rasper, b. 1974, was born and raised in Hildesheim. In 1998 he gathered his first experience with film in Hamburg. From 1999 to 2005, he studied film directing at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg. During a gap year in 2003, he worked at the Goethe Institute in San Francisco and for various production firms in Los Angeles. A scholarship from the state of Baden-Württemberg made it possible for him to attend the master class at UCLA that same year. After graduating, he made his debut film, FASHION VICTIMS, in 2006; it received three awards at the festival Max Ophüls Preis the following year. Since then, Rasper has made a number of films, mostly tragicomedies; for some of these, he's written the screenplay, including for OH GLORIA, which premiered at the Filmfest Hamburg in October 2018. MY NEIGHBOURS WITH THE FAT DOG (2019) is his latest TV movie.