German cinema for your classroom
German for young people

Sputnik Sputnik | Photo: © Georges Pauly/Ostlicht Filmproduktion

We have a number of great German movies for you to show in your German class.
Das Wunder von Bern, Pünktchen und Anton, Das fliegende Klassenzimmer and Sophie Scholl- Die letzten Tage come with a CD with teaching resources you can use straight away. With prepared film snippets the movies can be analysed and cultural contents can be worked out in class. All movies are in German with English subtitles. 

For the other listed titles materials are available as a free download below.

You would like to use one of the movies with the materials in your class? No problem, you can loan the DVD for up to two weeks for your school. The only cost you will have is the postage for returning the movie to us. Please note that the DVD needs to be returned to us within one week after the end of your booked period. For every additional day we charge £2.

Just send us an email with film title, your full school address and two date alternatives to:
teacher-services-london@goethe.de


Almanya Almanya | © Roxy Film_Christian Hartmann 95 min, 2009-11

In reply to six-year old Cenk’s questions about whether he is Turkish or German, he is told the humorous tale of how his grandfather Hüseyin Yilmaz came to Germany as a guest worker in the 1960s. Now that Hüseyin has retired and received his German passport, he wants his whole extended family to make the reverse journey and so they all set out on a trip to Turkey.

Theme

“Who or what am I? German or Turkish?” a question, which is surely not only asked by the six-year-old Cenk in this movie. Discussions about home, belongings and traditions enter debates about integration often in a very emotional way. And even between the generations you will find cross-cultural misunderstandings and arguments.

The director of the film is discussing this issue in a sympathetic and still humorous way. She presents new perspectives and uses different angles of view to tell a wonderful story about a quest for a home between Orient and Occident. The film offers a perfect basis to discuss topics like integration and migration in a constructive way.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here. The teaching resources are made for AS/A2 level-students:
Almanya - Teaching Resources
Almanya - Solutions
 
Barbara Barbara | © Christian Schulz/ Schramm Film 108 min, age recommendation: 12, 2012

About nine years before the fall of the wall: Barbara, a doctor from Berlin, applies for an exit permit from the GDR. She is arrested and transferred to a provincial hospital after her release in the summer of 1980. While her lover prepares for her escape to the West via the Baltic Sea, Barbara works as a paediatric surgeon, under frequent observation and controls. Her new boss André appears to be cooperating with the state security employees - but how far would he go if things got serious? He at least seems to approve of Barbara’s commitment to the young outsider Stella. Is he in love with his colleague?

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:  

Das fliegende Klassenzimmer Das fliegende Klassenzimmer | © Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig), Lunaris Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (München), ZDF 114 min, age recommendation: suitable for all, 2002 

Jonathan (12) is sent to the Thomaner boarding school in Leipzig by his adoptive father. It appears to be his last chance after being dismissed from six different schools before.

He quickly makes new friends in the boarding school. His roommates show him their secret hideout: an abandoned railway-car. One evening the owner of the railway-car pops up. Bob came back to Leipzig after a long time away. He allows the boys to continue using the railway-car, where they find the manuscript of the theatre play: “The flying classroom”. They decide to stage the play instead of the nativity play, but their chorus leader Justus doesn’t allow it. Soon after, the boys realize that there has to be a link between the ban, Bob and Justus. 

Materials

This movie comes with a CD with teaching resources you can use straight away. With prepared film snippets the movie can be analysed and cultural contents can be worked out in class.
 
Das Leben der Anderen Das Leben der Anderen | © Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion 137 min, age recommendation: 15, 2005/2006

East Berlin, November 1984. The State Security (Stasi) captain Wiesler receives the order to supervise the successful playwright Georg Dreymann and his partner, the highly acclaimed actress Christa-Maria Sieland. Through the observation of these “other” people and the resulting preoccupation with art and literature the informant Wiesler discovers values that were previously unknown to him such as freedom of speech and thought.  A new world opens up to him, from which he can hardly escape. But despite his sudden self-doubt, the system can no longer be stopped. A dangerous game begins that destroys Wiesler’s existence as well as the relationship between Dreymann and Sieland. Until the fall of the wall in 1989 everyone has paid a high price.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Das Wunder von Bern Das Wunder von Bern | © Georges Pauly/Ostlicht Filmproduktion 117 min, Age recommendation: 8 years and above, 2003 

Das Wunder von Bern is connecting a father-son story with the true story of the unexpected victory of the German national team in the football world championship 1954. 9 years after the Second World War, many German soldiers still haven’t returned from war captivity. 9 -year old Matthias never met his father and found a substitute in national team player Helmut Rahn from Essen. After 12 years Matthias’ father eventually returns to his family. But only in the final match in Bern the two find their way back to each other and overcome the war trauma.

Materials

This movie comes with a CD with teaching resources you can use straight away. With prepared film snippets the movie can be analysed and cultural contents can be worked out in class.
 

Der ganz große Traum Der ganz große Traum | © Maria Krumwiede 113 min, 2011

This film gives the answer to the question: How did football come to Germany? Based on a true event of the teacher Konrad Koch the film evolves an entertaining but serious story. Besides of football, it concerns methods of education, friendship, class distinctions and ethical and moral values such as team spirit, tolerance and trust.To inspire his pupils for the English language and culture the young English teacher Konrad Koch introduces them to the new sport of football. However, Koch´s liberal methods impede the ideas of his conservative colleagues, parents and local dignitaries. Although, his students stand shoulder to shoulder with him.

Materials

You can download classroom materials free of charge here. The teaching resources are made for AS/A2 level-students.
Vocabulary and Film Analysis
Tips for Teachers
Worksheet - Part 1
Worksheet - Part 2
Worksheet - Part 3
Worksheet - Part 4


Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei | © y3 film Hans Weingärtner Filmproduktion 126 min, 2004

Jan and Peter share a flat in Berlin, a VW van and ideas on how to take action against social injustice in the world. They spy on luxury mansions and break into the houses when the owners are away. They don't steal anything, instead they re-arrange the furniture and wreak havoc – they prefer to put an expensive stereo in the fridge instead of destroying it. Peter’s girlfriend Jule moves in with Peter and Jan and gets involved in their activities. While Peter is on a short trip abroad, also Jan and Jule become closer. Then comes the moment when Peter`s and Jan`s activities take an unexpected and unintended turn…

Theme

The film is about the wish for political and social change and it portrays a young German generation, who doesn´t want to accept the social differences between the rich and the poor and the decay of ideals. At the same time the film deals with the loss of faith in solutions presented by political parties.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Didactical Sequence A
Didactical Sequence B
Didactical Sequence C
Didactical Sequence D
Didactical Sequence E
Transcripts
Scene Description
Information for Teachers
Short Sections

Goethe! Goethe! | © Beta Cinema 100 min, 2010

The young, so far unsuccessful poet Johann Goethe is neglecting his law studies and fails his exam. Therefore his angry father sends him to the Reichskammergericht (Imperial Chamber Court) in a little sleepy town. There Goethe falls madly in love with the young Lotte, who has already been promised to Goethes´ supervisor Albert Kestner.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:

Work Sheet 1
Work Sheet 2
Work Sheet 3
Work Sheet 4
Teacher Advice

 

Good Bye, Lenin! Good Bye, Lenin! | © X Filme Creative Pool GmbH 120 min, 2003

East Berlin, autumn 1989: Alex Kerner's mother is in a coma after a heart attack and misses the fall of the Berlin Wall. When she awakes in summer 1990, her doctor declares that excitement of any kind could be fatal. Alex and his friends decide to conceal the fall of the SED regime and pretend that the GDR still exists. The illusion remains perfect until one day the truth can no longer be hidden.

Theme

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, every trace of the former GDR was wiped out thoroughly and consistently. The end came like a shock, too fast to be realised. The film depicts the end of the GDR in two ways: from a social-historical as well as a human-emotional point of view.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Didactical Sequence A
Didactical Sequence B
Didactical Sequence C
Didactical Sequence D
Didactical Sequence E
Didactical Sequence F
Short Sections
Teaching Resources
Scene Description
Transcripts
 

Kaddisch für einen Freund Kaddisch für einen Freund | © SiMa Film 2011 94 min, 2010/11

Ali is new in Kreuzberg, Berlin. As a refugee from Lebanon, he might not be allowed to stay in Germany. The tough boys from his neighbourhood dare him to break into the flat of an old neighbour who is a Russian-Jewish emigrant. Ali gets caught and to avoid his family’s deportation, he must make amends with the old man. This is the touching story of an unusual friendship.

Materials

You can download classroom materials free of charge here:
Work Sheet 1
Work Sheet 2
Teacher Advice
 
Lola rennt Lola rennt | © X Filme Creative Pool GmbH 81 min, age recommendation: 15, 1998

A young woman with fiery red hair, Lola, wants to save her friend Manni from a desperate and absurd situation. Manni urgently needs 100.00 mark, otherwise a gangster will kill him. Lola promises to be with him in 20 minutes and help him. But if Lola doesn’t get to him in time Manni threatens to raid the supermarket Bolle. Based on this initial situation, the film develops three versions of the story, each with a different ending. Three times the story starts all over again, three times Lola starts running to get to Manni.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:  

Mondscheinkinder Mondscheinkinder | © Luna-Film GmbH 87 min, 2006

Astronaut Paul flies to the moon. Lisa, a scientist, accompanies him. Every afternoon, 12-year-old Lisa has a get-together with her six-year old brother Paul. He is suffering the incurable "Disease of the Moon" and has to stay inside the house. As a pastime, Lisa has invented a game, and in their imagination Paul is a spaceship captain who travels around, lost in space. But when Lisa falls in love for the first time, she feels conflicted by her new feelings towards Simon and her worries about her brother.

Theme

The film is about growing up, first love and the power of imagination. At the same time “Children of the moon” depicts difficult themes such as illness, death and grief in an imaginative and sensitive way and is therefore also appropriate for a younger audience.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Mondscheinkinder - Short Section
Mondscheinkinder - Information for Teachers
Mondscheinkinder - Scene Description
Mondscheinkinder - Transcripts
 

Ostwind Ostwind | © Tom Trambow SamFilm 105 min, 2013

14-year-old Mika has failed her exams at school, so she’s not allowed to go on holiday with her friend Fanny. Instead, she has to take her schoolbooks to the countryside and spend time with her strict grandmother. There is hardly any mobile reception there, but there is a horse riding school, a cute young stable hand called Sam and especially Ostwind, a stallion that’s considered untamable and dangerous. An unusual friendship develops between Ostwind and the girl.
 
Ostwind was awarded the children’s media award The White Elephant at the Munich International Film Festival 2013. In 2014, it was awarded the German Film Award for Best Children’s Film.
 
Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Work Sheet 1
Work Sheet 2
Work Sheet 3
Teacher Advice
 

Pünktchen und Anton Pünktchen und Anton | © Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig), Lunaris Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (München), ZDF 108 min, age recommendation: 7 years and above, 1998

Ten year old Anton grows up without a father. When his mum gets ill, he takes over her job in the ice cream parlour. This starts to have an effect on his school performance. His school friend Luise Pogge – called Pünktchen – defends him when teacher Bremser wants to punish him for a brawl. Pünktchen comes from a rich family. Her parents are very busy and since they have an au-pair girl and a housekeeper to look after her, they don’t realise that their daughter feels more and more neglected. Anton is dreaming about sending his mother on a holiday to the sea. He feels so helpless that he steals an expensive lighter form the Pogge’s villa and brings himself and his mother in trouble. Will there be a happy end? 

Materials

This movie comes with a CD with teaching resources you can use straight away. With prepared film snippets the movie can be analysed and cultural contents can be worked out in class.
 

Rico, Oskar und der Tieferschatten Rico, Oskar und der Tieferschatten | © Lieblingsfilm and Fox International Productions 96 min, 2013/2014

Rico, who struggles with learning, lives in Berlin with his mother. His hobbies are collecting lost property and criminalistics. He meets the intellectually gifted Oscar on the street and the two boys become close friends. They are on to the kidnapper Mr 2000 and follow his steps through  Berlin. But then Oskar disappears and Rico has to gather all his courage to find his friend.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:

Teacher Advice
Work Sheets
 
Scherbenpark Scherbenpark | © Eyeworks Film 91 min, 2011/12

Sascha is a smart girl and she certainly has the gift of the gab. As a child, she witnessed her stepfather Vadim kill her mother. When Sascha reads a newspaper article claiming Vadim is a sensitive man who is full of remorse, this is the last straw. But then events take an unexpected turn…

Materials

You can download classroom materials free of charge here:
Work Sheet 1
Work Sheet 2
Teacher Advice
 

Sophie Scholl Sophie Scholl | © Goldkind Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG 116 min, age recommendation: 12 years and above, 2004

Munich, February 1943: As a member of the resistance group “The White Rose” Sophie Scholl helps producing leaflets against the NS-Regime. She supports her brother Hans’ idea to distribute the leaflets at the University of Munich. Whilst distributing leaflets brother and sister get denounced by the caretaker and get immediately arrested by the Gestapo.

Robert Mohr, a special investigator of the Gestapo and an experienced interrogator threatens Sophie with a prosecution of treason, enemy favouritism and army force demoralisation. Composed, confident and extremely clever Sophie tries to deny. She almost is successful in convincing Mohr of her innocence, the release form is issued, but in the last moment a call comes in, which turns everything around… 

Materials

This movie comes with a CD with teaching resources you can use straight away. With prepared film snippets the movie can be analysed and cultural contents can be worked out in class.
 
Soul Kitchen Soul Kitchen | © Corazón International GmbH & Co. KG 99 min, 2008/2009

The German-Greek gastronomer Zinos has a tough time: First his girlfriend Nadine moves to Shanghai to work there, then he suffers from a slipped disc. Out of his need, he hires the eccentric top chef Zayn. This leads to his Hamburg pub Soul Kitchen turning more and more into a trendy restaurant. One thing leads to another and suddenly Zinos is forced to defend Soul Kitchen against property sharks, tax authorities and his gambling-addicted brother.

Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:  

Sputnik Sputnik | © Georges PaulyOstlicht Filmproduktion 80 min, 2012/2013

It’s 1989 and Germany is divided into the East and West by the Berlin Wall. Rike is a young girl and an explorer of all things – especially the sky – and she’s about to change the course of history forever. When her uncle Mike is deported from the East, she resolves to rescue him from the enemy and, after witnessing an act of teleportation on television’s Star Trek, believes she knows how. As Rike fights on three fronts against time, her uncooperative parents and a possible blossoming romance, we are witness to a fun and fierce heroine in this hope-filled, historical adventure.
 
Materials

Teaching resources are available as a free download here:
Sputnik Resources
 

Wintertochter Wintertochter | © Zorro Film 90 min, age recommendation: 15, 2011

This powerful coming-of-age drama about identity sees a 12-year-old German girl and keen swimmer embark on a journey from Berlin to Gdansk in Poland to track down her biological father, a Russian sailor. At first feeling angry with her parents for not having told her about his existence, she eventually reaches out beyond her own situation to understand and support others, as she learns difficult truths not only about her own origins but also about the devastating impact on Polish communities of the Second World War.

Materials

You can download classroom materials free of charge here:
Classroom materials Wintertochter