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Scene from LESSONS OF A DREAM (photo © Maria Krumwiede)

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...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Sebastian Grobler
Screenplay Philipp Roth, Johanna Stuttmann
Cinematography Martin Langer
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
Producers Anatol Nitschke, Raoul Reinert
Production Companies deutschfilm/Berlin, Cuckoo Clock Entertainment/Hamburg, Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Rialto Film/Berlin, ARD Degeto
Runtime 113 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2011 (World Competition), Rio 2011, Shanghai 2012, Yokohama Football Film Festival 2013, Zlín 2015
Awards Best Direction & Audience Award Yokohama 2013
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Creative Europe MEDIA
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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