Mr Bachmann and his Class

Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse © Madonnen Film

Documentary, Germany 2021
217 min.

Director:  Maria Speth
Screenplay:  Maria Speth, Reinhold Vorschneider
Cinematography: Reinhold Vorschneider
Cast: Dieter Bachmann, Aynur Bal, Önder Cavdar and the Students of class 6b und class 6f
Producer: Maria Speth
Production: Madonnen Film GmbH, Berlin
Rating: G
Language: German with English subtitles

Mr Bachmann and his Class

HERR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS portrays the relationship between a teacher and the students of a 6th grade class in Stadtallendorf in the German state Hesse. With an engaging openness, Mr. Bachmann encounters the children with their different social and cultural experiences and thus creates a space of trust. Music is an omnipresent language here, which naturally surrounds the subject matter to be completed. Based on the social relationships in the class, the film casually tells of the structures of a small, West German industrial city whose history has been shaped by migration back to the Nazi era.

The new documentary by the Berlin director Maria Speth (MADONNEN, 9 LEBEN) celebrated its world premiere in the international competition of the 71st Berlinale 2021.

Maria Speth

was born in Bavaria in 1967 and has lived in Berlin since 1987. Until 1995 she worked as an editor and Assistant Director for cinema and television film productions. From 1996 to 2002 she studied directing at the HFF. "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 2001 she shot her award-winning feature film debut INTO THE DAY. Her second feature film, MADONNEN, received the 2007 Hessian Film Award. In 2009, she founded the production company Madonnen Film and produced her first documentary film, 9 LEBEN, for which she received the German Director Prize Metropolis. Her two feature films MADONNEN and TÖCHTER premiered in the Forum of the Berlinale.


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