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The Silent Revolution

Original title: Das schweigende Klassenzimmer
German title: Das schweigende Klassenzimmer
111 min
from 13 years
FSK: from 12 approved
2018 | Chemnitz Festival Premiere
Direction: Lars Kraume
Script: Lars Kraume
Cast: Jonas Dassler, Leonard Scheicher


2018 | German Focus

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Jens Harant
Barbara Gies
StudioCanal, ZDF, Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktions GmbH

Stalinstadt, autumn 1956: On a secret visit to West Berlin, the high school graduates Theo and Kurt watch dramatic pictures of the Hungarian popular uprising in the newsreel. While the term “struggle for freedom” is used here, this uprising is officially called a “counterrevolution against the socialist state power” in the GDR, where hardly any of the Hungarian claims are made public. This is why Theo, Kurt and many of their classmates meet at old Edgar’s home to get detailed information from RIAS, a Western broadcasting station. They hear about several hundred killed people, among them the football player Ferenc Puskás, and indignantly decide to hold a minute’s silence for the victims in the classroom the next day. The whole class joins in. Yet they cannot anticipate the consequences this minute of silence will have. Unprepared, the young people get into serious trouble with the political party authorities. Using perfidious interrogation and blackmail methods, the SED party officials try to find the “ringleaders of this counterrevolutionary act” ...

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