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SCHOOL TRIP (KLASSENFAHRT)

SCHOOL TRIP
Sophie Kempe, Steven Sperling (photo © Michael Weber)

A school class takes a trip to the Polish Baltic Sea coast. The holiday resort isn't exactly what the kids would call exciting, especially since it is off-season. Between table tennis matches, day trips and alcohol excesses, a cautious relationship develops between the 16-year-old Ronny and his fellow student Isa. At a disco one night, they meet a Polish boy named Marek. After spending a lot of time together, Ronny notices that Marek is more interested in Isa than he is in him. Ronny starts to challenge Marek, until his provocations end in a test of will with tragic consequences.


Henner Winckler was born in 1969 in Giessen. He studied at the Academy of Art & Design in Offenbach from 1990-1993, followed by studies in Visual Communication and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 1994-1998. Active in scriptwriting and behind the camera, he has directed the shorts Lust (1995) and Tip Top (1998) and the feature School Trip (Klassenfahrt, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Henner Winckler
Screenplay Stefan Kriekhaus, Henner Winckler
Cinematography Janne Busse
Bettina Boehler
Cem Oral
Marcel Schoerken
Cast Bartek Blaszczyk, Sophie Kempe, Steven Sperling
Producers Michael Weber, Florian Koerner von Gustorf
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Length 86 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2002 (Forum), INPUT Rotterdam 2002, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2002, Sochi 2002, Ghent 2002, Karlovy Vary 2002 (Variety Critics' Choice), Geneva 2002, Warsaw 2002 (German Panorama), Regus London 2002, Bellinzona 2002 (in competition), Entrevues Belfort 2002 (in competition), Gothenburg 2003, Buenos Aires 2003, Festival do Rio 2013
Awards Special Jury Award Sochi 2002, Best Direction Geneva 2002, First Prize for Best Foreign Film Belfort 2002
German Distributor Peripher Filmverleih/Berlin

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