German Film Forum - Rebels and Heroines
Director: Lars Kraume, colour, 111 min., 2018
2018 Bavarian Film Awards (Best Young Actor)
2018 Munich Film Festival (Best National Director)
It’s 1956 and during a visit to West Berlin, high school students Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the Budapest uprising. Back at school in Stalinstadt, in the GDR, they spontaneously hold a two minute silence during class in solidarity with the victims of the Hungarian struggle against Soviet oppression. But the gesture causes much bigger ripples than expected. The People's Education Minister condemns the action as a counterrevolutionary act and demands that the ringleader be named, forcing the students to choose between standing together or not.