Cast: Burghart Klaußner, Daniel Brühl, Jürgen Tonkel, Justus von Dohnanyi
The young teacher Konrad Koch (Daniel Brühl) is hired to teach English at a strictly-run German school for boys in 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von Merfeld (Burghart Klaussner) has hired Koch as one of the very first English teachers of all at a German secondary school in order to let a fresh new wind into his musty institution. Koch sees how badly this is needed in his very first class. Everything that the boys know about England is common prejudices handed down from one generation to the next. In order to stir up some enthusiasm for the foreign language, Oxford graduate Koch resorts to unusual means and introduces his students to a curious sport that comes from Britain: football. Unfortunately, Koch’s unconventional ways soon make him many enemies: influential parents, local dignitaries and, above all, his colleagues, who only believe in Prussian drills and discipline. They all want to get rid of Koch at any price. But then his students take the initiative …
World Sales: Beta Cinema
For our 25th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, we are immensely proud to celebrate the Youth 4 German Cinema program with a reunion of select members of our international youth jury. Since it’s start in 2014, Y4GC has brought over 6,000 students to the festival to watch renowned youth films. We welcome back (virtually) Ana Sofía Vázquez Partida (2019, Guadalajara), Katie O’Leary (2019, California), Léa Pailassard (2018, Montreal), Patrick Thomas Keen (2016, Wisconsin), Rodrigo Cardona (2018, Puebla, México) and Sebastian Ortiz Wilkins (2018, Guadalajara).
At this drive-in screening will be excerpts from the virtual conversation that the youth jurors had with Director Sebastian Grobler.