The Silent Revolution (Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer)

Drama | PG | 111 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, Feb 21, 2019 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Fri, Feb 22, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Production Country:Germany
Original Langauge:German
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lars Kraume
Cast:Jonas Dassler
Judith Engel
Tom Gramenz
Michael Gwisdek
Produced By:Miriam Düssel
Susanne Freyer
Kalle Friz
Screenwriter:Dietrich Garstka
Lars Kraume
Music By:Christoph M. Kaiser
Julian Maas


In 1956 East Germany, a group of senior high schoolers demonstrate solidarity with recent victims of the Hungarian Revolution. Their brief, silent protest ignites underlying tensions and leads to grave consequences. Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer) examines a fascinating moment in German history — just a few years before the construction of the Berlin Wall begins — with this film based on the true story of a high-school classroom that becomes the site of a political battle of wills. When Kurt (Tom Gramenz) and Theo (Leonard Scheicher) sneak into a West German cinema and catch the pre-feature newsreel, they see a very different depiction of the uprising in Budapest than what they’ve heard at home, in the East German town of Stalinstadt. The young men return home inspired at the thought of an idealistic revolution. After debating with their classmates about the virtues of the Hungarian uprising, Kurt and Theo persuade a majority of their peers to join them in a two-minute observation of silence during class, in solidarity with those killed in the struggle. Their teacher is shocked and confused, and reports the incident to the principal, Direktor Schwarz (Florian Lukas, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Goodbye Lenin!). Despite trying to contain the situation, Schwarz can’t keep his bosses from hearing of the political protest. As the story spreads through the upper levels of the administration, the students slowly realize the growing gravity of their situation. Deftly weaving together threads of political tension, adolescent rebellion, and institutional menace, Kraume asks us to consider the connection between a nation’s identity and its influence on the identities of its young people, who are just beginning to question their place in society.

Awards:  5 Wins, 8 Nominations
Winner, Best Young Actor (Jonas Dassler) Bavarian Film Awards, 2018
Winner, Director, Film by the Sea International Film Festival, 2018
Nominated, Outstanding Feature Film/Best Cinematography/Best Costume Design, German Film Awards, 2018
Nominated, Best Young Actor (Jonas Dassler) German Screen Actors Awards, 2018
Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival, 2018
Nominated, Audience Award-World Cinema Independent, Mill Valley Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best National Director, Munich Film Festival, 2018