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May 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm

DFS members will receive an E-mail link on SA, May 16 to enable them to watch this film.


SILENT REVOLUTION – Germany – 111 min – Drama/History

A gripping and true story set in 1956 in East Germany of a group of students who saw their life changed forever by a harmless human act of solidarity during the early stage of the Cold War, where freedom of thinking and integrity could make anyone an enemy of the state… or an ordinary hero. This is a film about the extraordinary courage of young individuals in a time of political oppression.

The year is 1956. During a visit to the cinema in West Berlin, high school pupils Theo (Leonard Scheicher) and Kurt (Tom Gramenz) see dramatic pictures of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest on the newsreel. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously decide to hold a minute’s silence in solidarity with the victims of the uprising during a lesson.  But the gesture causes much bigger ripples than expected: while their headmaster (Florian Lukas) initially tries to put the whole thing down to the whim of youth, the schoolchildren become objects of the political machinations of the fledgling East Germany. The People’s Education Minister (Burghart Klaußner) condemns the action as a clearly counterrevolutionary act and demands that the ringleader be named within a week. But the schoolchildren stick together, thus facing with a decision that will change their lives for ever…

Directed by:  Lars Kraume

CAST:  Michael Gwisdek / Florian Lukas / Burghart Klaussner / Ronald Zehrfeld / Jördis Triebel / Jonas Dassler / Isaiah Michaelski / Tom Gramenz / Leonard Scheicher / Anna Lena Klenke / Daniel Krauss / Carina N. Wiese

CREW:  Director: Lars Kraume Screenwriter:Dietrich Garstka (book), Lars Kraume (adaptation)  DOP: Jens Harant Editor: Barbara Gies Music: Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Maas Producers:  Miriam Düssel, Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktion


“The ripple effect of a seemingly quite innocent idea and the subsequent, disproportionate reaction to is is fascinating to watch” –  Hollywood Reporter

“This is a solid, good-looking piece of filmmaking which is elevated by a clutch of strong performances from the young cast.” – Screen International


8 wins & 8 nominations

Berlinale 2018 – Special Gala Screening

Festival de Cinéma de Valencienne 2018

Denmark – 2018 CPH PIX


In German with English Subtitles







Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF)

 Won, Audience Award
Narrative Feature

Lars Kraume


Luxembourg City Film Festival

 Won, School Jury Award

Lars Kraume

Statement of the School Jury: “From beginning to end, we were captivated by action and suspense of the story. The direction and the actors’ performances won us over and really helped us to identify with the characters. We really liked the fact we felt empathy throughout the film. We also enjoyed the other films in the selection but, in our eyes, only THE SILENT REVOLUTION (DAS SCHWEIGENDE KLASSENZIMMER) managed to completely convince us. The winner of the 2019 School Jury Award is, therefore, THE SILENT REVOLUTION by Lars Kraume.”

Stony Brook Film Festival

 Won, Audience Choice Award
Best Feature

Lars Kraume (director) Studio Canal (distributor)


Bavarian Film Awards

 Won, Bavarian Film Award
Best Young Actor (Darstellernachwuchspreis)

Jonas Dassler


Film by the Sea International Film Festival

 Won, Film and Literature Award

Lars Kraume

Nominated, Youth Jury Award

Lars Kraume


German Film Awards

Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Cinematography (Beste Kamera/Bildgestaltung)

Jens Harant

Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Outstanding Feature Film (Bester Spielfilm)

Miriam Düssel

Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Screenplay (Bestes Drehbuch)

Lars Kraume

Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Costume Design (Bestes Kostümbild)

Esther Walz


German Screen Actors Awards

Nominated, DSP Award
Best Young Actor (Bester Nachwuchsdarsteller)

Jonas Dassler


Golden Trailer Awards

 Won, Golden Trailer
Best Foreign Poster

The Dream Factory


Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival

Nominated, Emeric Pressburger Prize

Lars Kraume

 Won, Special Prize of the Jury

Lars Kraume


Mill Valley Film Festival

2nd place, Audience Award
World Cinema Independent

Lars Kraume


Munich Film Festival

 Won, German Cinema Award for Peace
Best National Director

Lars Kraume


Admission is free to Desert Film Society members or pay $15 at Camelot’s door.  Complimentary refreshments when doors unlock at 9:30AM.  A facilitated discussion will follow the film.


May 16, 2020
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


Desert Film Society