PORTLAND GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL – Monthly Film Series presents LESSONS OF A DREARM

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…based on the true story of the teacher and football pioneer Konrad Koch.

08/14/2019 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:30 PM

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In our Monthly Film Series, we show a variety of GERMAN or GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, audiences have a chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. All films are with English subtitles.

An English teacher brings soccer from England to Germany in the late 19th Century by teaching it to his class.

Germany 2011, 113 min.
Director: Sebastian Grobler
Cast: Daniel Brühl (Konrad Koch), Burghart Klaußner (Schuldirektor Gustav Merfeld), Kathrin von Steinburg (Klara Bornstedt), Justus von Dohnányi (Richard Hartung)

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…based on the true story of the teacher and football pioneer Konrad Koch.