23rd Festival Films

The Silent Revolution (Das schweigende Klassenzimmer)

© StudioCanal
© StudioCanal


Sat. March 9, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
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Mon. March 11, 2019 4:30 p.m.
Shattuck Berkeley, San Francisco
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San Francisco Premiere
111 min. Germany (2018) DCP projection.
German w/ English subtitles

Director/Screenwriter: Lars Kraume
Starring: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Jonas Dassler, Ronald Zehrfeld, Florian Lukas, Jördis Triebel, Michael Gwisdek, Burghart Klaußner
Producer: Miriam Düssel
Cinematography: Jens Harant
World Sales: StudioCanal


Presented in the Special Gala section of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

Kurt and Theo are classmates and best friends. In 1956 they are about to finish school in Stalinstadt, in the GDR. On one of their secret excursions to West Berlin to go to the movies, they see disturbing pictures of an uprising in Hungary in the newsreel Wochenschau. The students are impressed by the young Hungarians, who fight for their freedom and they decide to show their solidarity. In class, they hold a minutes silence in honor of the victims. Little do they know how much trouble their seemingly harmless act of solidarity will mean for their future.