German Cinema in the Crossroads
As part of the Year of German-American Friendship we invite everyone to our Pop Up Film Haus
to discover German cinema through a curated selection of films. Each film will be shown with English subtitles and there will be an opportunity for discussion following each screening.
This week at the Pop Up Film Haus
The Flying Classroom, 2002
Director: Tomy Wigand
Cast: Ulrich Noethen, Sebastian Koch, Frederick Lau
Modern version of the novel by Erich Kästner. Jonathan is a new student at the famous St. Thomas boarding school in Leipzig. After quickly befriending the other students, they find a manuscript of a play and decide to perform it, but their choirmaster forbids it. He wrote the play together with his friend Robert, who disappeared when his father fled to the West from the GDR. This sets off a chain of events through which the children uncover the true nature of friendship.
Tomy Wigand’s version is the third film adaptation of Erich Kästners novel from 1933 after Kurt Hoffmann (1954) and Werner Jacobs (1973).
Dr. Scott Baker is Associate Professor of German at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and will lead a discussion after the film focusing on youth literature and film adaptations.
The Goethe Pop Up Film Haus
is part of the project Wunderbar: A Celebration of German Film
. From Beloved Sisters
to A Coffee in Berlin
and Young Goethe in Love
, from The Blue Angel
to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- we are celebrating German-American friendship with our partner Kanopy by bringing 48 German films to your screens.