My Film Notes: ‘The Silent Revolution’ (‘Das schweigende Klassenzimmer’), 2018 written and directed by Lars Kraume

DE / 111 min / Colour / Akzente Film und Fernsehproduktion, ZDF, Zero One Film, Studiocanal Film Dir: Lars Kraume Pro: Miriam Düssel, Susanne Freyer Scr: Lars Kraume, based on the book by Dietrich Garstka Cin: Jens Harant Mus: Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Maas Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Jonas Dassler, Isaiah Michalski, Ronald Zehrfeld, Carina Wiese, Florian Lukas, Jordis Triebel, Daniel Krauss, Michael Gwisdek, Burghart Klaussner Synopsis: A group of sixth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute’s silence during lessons. Release dates: 20 February 2018 (Berlin International Film Festival); Germany: 1 March 2018; France: 2 May 2018; Spain: 20 July 2018. IMDb Rating: 7.5.

220px-The_Silent_Revolution_2018_posterPlot Summary: 1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have the idea of holding a minute’s silence in class for the victims of the Hungarian struggle for freedom. Neither the boys, nor their parents, nor the school’s administration are prepared for the minor and major reactions that their expression of solidarity unleashes. The school principal tries to dismiss the incident as juvenile mischief and deal with it internally, but the pupils find themselves snared in the political machinery of a state determined to make an example of them. Condemning their act as counter-revolutionary, the education minister demands that the pupils name their ringleader. They are faced with a decision that has dramatic consequences for their future. Director and screenwriter Lars Kraume has cast up-and-coming actors in the leading roles and established actors in supporting roles for his adaptation of Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book in which Garstka recounts his own personal experiences and those of his 18 classmates. A moving chapter in German post-war history. (Source: Berlinale archives)

My take: Begoña and I had the opportunity to see this week The Silent Revolution, a solid film I very much enjoyed.

Lars Kraume Biography: Born in Chieri, Italy in 1973, he grew up in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. After working as an assistant to advertising and portrait photographers, he directed his first short film in 1992. In 1994 he took up a degree at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) where his graduation film, Dunckel, won the Adolf Grimme Award. A writer and director, his recent directing work includes episodes for the German TV crime series, ‘Tatort’ . His films No Songs of Love (2005) and Good Morning, Mr. Grothe (2007) have screened in Panorama and his political thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer won the 2016 German Film Award.

Filmography (selection): 1993 3.21 Uhr; short film 1995 Bernie; short film 1996 Zahltag; short film 1997 Life Is Too Short To Dance With Ugly Women; short film · King Of The Elephants; short film · Einsatz Hamburg Süd; TV series, several episodes 1998 Dunckel; TV movie ·Der Mörder meiner Mutter; TV movie 2001 Viktor Vogel – Commercial Man 2004 Tatort; TV series, one episode 2005 Tatort; TV series, one episode · Keine Lieder über Liebe (No Songs of Love) · Der Elefant; TV movie 2007 Guten Morgen, Herr Grothe (Good Morning, Mr. Grothe) · KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst; TV series, several episodes 2008 Der frühe Abschied 2010 Die kommenden Tage (The Coming Days) 2011 Tatort; TV series, one episode · Tatort; TV series, one episode 2012 Tatort; TV series, one episode 2013 Meine Schwestern 2015 Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (The People vs. Fritz Bauer) · Familienfest 2016 Terror; TV movie 2017 Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution).

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