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LESSONS OF A DREAM

by Sebastian Grobler

synopsis

The young teacher Konrad Koch is hired to teach English at a strictly-run German school for boys in 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von Merfeld 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...

international title: Lessons of a Dream
original title: Der ganz große Traum
country: Germany
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Sebastian Grobler
film run: 113'
release date: DE 24/02/2011
screenplay: Philipp Roth, Johanna Stuttmann
cast: Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Justus von Dohnányi, Kathrin von Steinburg, Thomas Thieme, Jürgen Tonkel, Axel Prahl, Henriette Confurius, Theo Trebs, Adrian Moore, Till Valentin Winter
cinematography by: Martin Langer
producer: Anatol Nitschke, Raoul Reinert
production: Deutschfilm, Cuckoo Clock Entertainment, Senator Film Produktion, ARD Degeto Film GMBH
backing: German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, MEDIA
distributor: Senator Filmverleih
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