SILENT REVOLUTION, THE
[DAS SCHWEIGENDE KLASSENZIMMER]
Based on a true story, Lars Kraume (THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER) directs an excellent young cast in this gripping historical drama. 1956 East Berlin: a classroom of high school students stages two minutes of silence during lessons, in solidarity with the Hungarian Uprising recently crushed by the Soviet army — which is simultaneously an amusing prank to pull on their uptight teacher. But things escalate as the students are referred first to the principal, then to the school superintendent and ultimately to the GDR's Education Minister, who is intent on throwing the book at these would-be counter-revolutionaries for dabbling in dangerous ideas from the West (and admittedly, that's where the students learned about the events in Hungary, from a newsreel preceding the sex farce film they traveled into West Berlin to watch). DIR/SCR Lars Kraume; SCR from the book by Dietrich Garstka; PROD Miriam Düssel, Susanne Freyer, Kalle Friz, Isabel Hund, Thomas Kufus. Germany, 2018, color, 111 min. In German and Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.