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during the lesson.

Four teenage boys begin playing a game in their school's gym that blurs the line between fun and bullying.

during the lesson. is based on everyday events.

  • Lukas Ignaz Halder
  • Lukas Ignaz Halder
  • Lukas Ignaz Halder
  • Jaakko Taavila
  • Simon Stadler-Lamisch
    Key Cast
  • Moritz Durst
    Key Cast
  • Thaddaeus Tirone
    Key Cast
  • Philip Martinisch
    Key Cast
  • Nicole Bachleitner
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    während der Stunde.
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Lukas Ignaz Halder

Lukas Ignaz Halder, born in - that's how it usually starts - 1994, grew up in Tyrol (AUT). Before studying Multimedia Art in Salzburg with focus on film, he worked as dop and editor at regional television. For his bachelor project Lukas Ignaz wrote and directed his first feature film "oil on canvas" in summer 2021. Furthermore, he realized numerous short films as producer, writer and director.
In addition to his film projects, Lukas Ignaz has worked in theater as assistant director and has been employed as editor at ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) in Vienna since the beginning of this year.
In his stories he searches for intimacy and authenticity.

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Director Statement

The film explores masculinity and its behavioral patterns in an adolescent context and is based on true events.

At the age of 14, the height of my adolescent behavior, I and a few friends often skipped class to find ways to occupy ourselves elsewhere instead.
Back then, we regularly had tennis ball fights. It wasn't long before we started coming up with more and more creative games. The point was always to be stronger than the other.
One day we came up with the idea of tying each other to desk chairs and placing a pair of scissors at the other end of the room. The one who was free the fastest was the winner. To slow him down, the other participants smashed tennis balls at him.
Thirteen years later, I can still say with full conviction that I enjoyed the games back then. And I realize the stupidity of that statement. If I got to the scissors as the fastest, I felt strong and powerful - manly.
One day we played the game with one of our friends, who the days before always found excuses not to play. Finally, we persuaded him to participate as well.
When he got to the scissors and cut the ties, he left the room angry and aggressive. That was the last time he participated in such activities.
We were left confused. We thought then that he was overreacting. "It was just a game!"
Today I know that he only participated because of the compulsion our group had on him. So, laughing, we shot our friend who could not defend himself and had no means to communicate.
The boundaries between fun and seriousness were very close. None of us wanted to pressure him or cause him pain. We just hadn't recognized it in the greed of wanting to win.
I would like to work up this fine line cinematically. In this story, there is no villain who bullies the other students. It's about a group of friends who don't realize the seriousness of their actions, and one of them suffers. Constantly trying to be superior to the others has clear side effects that in some cases don't end with fun. Especially in adolescent age, it is hard to communicate your feelings clearly. No one wants to be seen as the weak one.