Thomas der Hochspringer

  • 92'
  • Germany
  • 2020

For Thomas, it’s all about sport. The young high-jumper sticks to the uncompromising training and dietary regime at a sports camp. We soon learn that this is creating an unhealthy situation – to put it mildly. It’s clear from the start that there’s something very wrong in this boy’s life. Not only does he regularly lock himself away to self-harm, or practise leaving a voice-mail for his absent father – the military-style control exercised by his mother, Margot, is absolutely suffocating. Both for Thomas, and for the viewer.

The latter is thanks in part to the alienating film style used by debut director Leri Matehha. This distinctive stylisation in Thomas der Hochspringer has a tragicomic quality, similar to the films of Roy Andersson, although here the undertone is even more excruciating. We are left with the big question: how high exactly can Thomas jump?

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    • From Saturday 05 June 12:00Sat 05 Jun 12:00
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  • Physical
    Thursday 03 June 2021
    Pathé 2
    With live Q&A+EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Friday 04 June 2021
    Pathé 3
    With live Q&A+EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Saturday 05 June 2021
    KINO 1
    EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Sunday 06 June 2021
    Pathé 5
    EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Sunday 06 June 2021
    Cinerama 4
    EN subtitles
Leri Matehha
International premiere
Country of production
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
International title
Thomas the High Jumper
Leri Matehha
Production Company
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Leri Matehha
Józefina Gocman
Leri Matehha
Max Poerting, Alexandra Finder, Zhenja Isaak