HAUPLEHRER HOFER was above all, for me, the village schoolmaster. I have placed him in a historical context and have shown the relationship between him and his young students.
I am as much interested in the schoolmaster as in his students. I have studied the lifestyle and working conditions of both, told the story of both.
I was more and more interested in representing the surrounding social groups though : the workers, the pastor and the children.
Finally, it is Hofer together with four or five other characters whose stories are told in the film.
Born in Berlin in 1929, Peter Lilienthal moved to Uruguay with his family in 1939 and only came back in Germany in 1956. He became member of the CineClub for which he directed his very first short feature. He studied painting, photography and cinema at the Hochschule fur Bildende Künste. He was the assistant of Heinz Hilpert, Gustav R. Selnner and Walter Henn. He then directs from 1959 around twenty films for television, before directing his first long feature « Malatesta » in 1969.
Hanna Von Rezzori
Peter Lilienthal, Herbert Brödl, Gunter Herbruger
Production : FFAT FILM GmbH
Title in Original Version : Professeur Hofer