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Scene from "The Flying Classroom" (photo © Bavaria Filmverleih/Lunaris Film)

Jonathan is only twelve, but he's already gone through six boarding schools. His last chance is Leipzig's St. Thomas School, home of the world-famous boys' choir. And for Jonathan, there's no better place to be. As he makes friends with his roommates, they take him to their secret meeting place: an abandoned train car. There they discover a mysterious stranger named Bob one day – and the script for a play, The Flying Classroom. With new music and rap lyrics, it's going to be the kids' personal contribution to the school's Christmas show. Even the rebellious Mona agrees to join them since… well, since she's never met anyone as sweet as Jonathan. Unaware of the play's author and what it means to their favorite teacher Justus, the kids unwittingly trigger a turbulent chain of events. But in the end, their adventures open their eyes to the value of friendship and civil courage – and even bring two old friends back together, Bob and Justus, who'd been separated for years by inhumanity and injustice.

Tomy Wigand was born in Ludwigsburg. He studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, and initially became known as an editor and scriptwriter before he discovered his true calling as a director. In the 1980s he was the film editor on Roland Emmerich's first three films, which were produced in Germany: DAS ARCHE NOAH PRINZIP (1984), JOEY (1985) and MOON 44 (1990). In the 1990s he co-authored Hans W. Geißendörfer’s acclaimed adaptation of the book by Dürrenmatt, JUSTIZ (1993), and directed his first television material, including the very successful German television series ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 (1994-1996), and the Claussen+Woebke production TWIGGY – LIEBE AUF DIÄT (1998). Wigand had his feature film debut in 2000 with the comedy FUSSBALL IST UNSER LEBEN, a box-office success and winner of multiple awards. His other films include: the adaptation of the Erich Kästner book DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER (2003), a big box-office hit and was awarded the German Film Award, the comedy POLLY BLUE EYES (2005), another film adaptation of a children's book, TKKG UND DIE RÄTSELHAFTE MINDMACHINE, and OMAMAMIA (2012). He is also active as a producer and lectures at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Tomy Wigand
Screenplay Uschi Reich, Henriette Piper, Franziska Buch
Cinematography Peter von Haller
Christian Nauheimer
Niki Reiser, Biber Gullatz, Moritz Freise
Ingrid Henn
Cast Hauke Diekamp, Teresa Vilsmaier, Frederick Lau, Hans Broich-Wuttke, Philipp Peters-Arnolds, Francois Goeske, Anja Kling, Piet Klocke, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Noethen
Producers Uschi Reich, Peter Zenk
Production Companies Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, Lunaris Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Munich, in cooperation with ZDF
Length 114 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Gera 2003, Zlín 2003, Puchon Fantastic 2003, Cambridge 2003, Chicago Children 2003, Tallinn Black Nights 2003, SPROCKETS Toronto 2004, Zlín 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2003 for Best Producer, German Film Award 2003, 2 Golden Sparrows 2003 Gera, Golden Slipper Zlín 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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