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?

Director
Leri Matehha
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
92'
Medium
DCP
International title
Thomas the High Jumper
Language
German
Producer
Leri Matehha
Production Company
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Sales
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Screenplay
Leri Matehha
Cinematography
Józefina Gocman
Editor
Leri Matehha
Cast
Max Poerting, Alexandra Finder, Zhenja Isaak
Website
https://lerimatehha.com/