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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2018

Christian Schwochow moves from the world of high finance in his BAD BANKS mini-series to a small North German village for a drama played out during and shortly after the Second World War about duty versus individual conscience and morality.

A glittering acting ensemble including three European Shooting Stars – Johanna Wokalek, Maria Dragus and Louis Hofmann – join newcomers Levi Eisenblätter and Tom Gronau who play the central figure of Siggi Jepsen in this adaptation of Siegfried Lenz's classic 1968 novel The German Lesson.

The film marks Schwochow's latest collaboration with his mother Heide who penned the screenplays for three of his previous feature films (NOVEMBER CHILD, CRACKS IN THE SHELL and WEST).
Genre Drama, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Christian Schwochow
Screenplay Heide Schwochow
Cast Levi Eisenblätter, Ulrich Noethen, Tobias Moretti, Johanna Wokalek, Sonja Richter, Maria Dragus, Louis Hofmann, Tom Gronau
Producers Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Dietrich Kluge, Ulf Israel
Production Company Network Movie, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, in cooperation with ZDF
Original Version
Shooting Dates March-May 2018
Festivals Zurich 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Board, German Motion Picture Fund, BKM
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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