Die Welle

Die Welle

Deutschland 2007/2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Wave

Germany. Today. High school teacher Rainer Wenger begins a week-long project on forms of government in an attempt to help his students understand how a dictatorship can arise. A pedagogical experiment with disastrous consequences. What begins with harmless concepts like discipline and community turns into a regular movement within a matter of days. The name: The Wave. Already on the third day the students begin to exclude and harass anyone who dares to think differently. When the situation begins to escalate during a water polo match, the teacher decides to break off the experiment. Too late. The Wave has long since swept out of control…

In 1967 the liberal-minded teacher Ron Jones carried out the experiment of confronting students with authoritarian conditions resembling fascism in a school in Palo Alto, California. To his astonishment the students reacted enthusiastically to his demands to obey authority. For "The Wave" Dennis Gansel transported the story to a German school in the present. Gansel: "I couldn′t get the story out of my mind. I kept asking myself: Would that be possible today? Is it possible in Germany, where we are so enlightened, where we have learned so much about dictatorships, about the Third Reich? Does that still function today?"

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Dennis Gansel
Screenplay:Dennis Gansel, Peter Thorwarth
based on:William Ron Jones (Kurzgeschichte), Johnny Dawkins (Originaldrehbuch "The Wave"), Ron Birnbach (Originaldrehbuch "The Wave")
Director of photography:Torsten Breuer
Assistant camera:Katharina Diessner
Titles / Opticals:Darius Ghanai
Production design:Knut Loewe
Production design:Petra Ringleb
Set design:Tilman Lasch (Set Decorator)
Prop master:Philipp Hübner
Animation:Lena Dickmann (Motion Graphics)
Make-up artist:Irina Tübbecke-Bechem, Dörte Dobkowitz, Mieke Willaert
Costume design:Ivana Milos
Editing:Ueli Christen
Sound design:Alexander Saal
Sound:Patrick Veigel
Synch sound:Christian Bruckmair
Audio mixing:Christian Bischoff
Special effects:Ronny Klost, Michael Apling
Casting:Franziska Aigner-Kuhn, Uwe Bünker (Jugendbesetzung)
Music:Heiko Maile
  
Cast: 
Jürgen VogelRainer Wenger
Frederick LauTim
Max RiemeltMarko
Jennifer UlrichKaro
Christiane PaulAnke Wenger
Elyas M'BarekSinan
Christina Do RegoLisa
Jacob MatschenzDennis
Maximilian VollmarBomber
Max MauffKevin
Ferdinand Schmidt-ModrowFerdi
Tim Oliver SchultzJens
Amelie KieferMona
Odine JohneMaja
Fabian PregerKaschi
Teresa HarderMutter
Dennis GanselMartin
Joseph M'BarekThorben
Johanna GastdorfTims Mutter
Alexander HeldTims Vater
Maren KroymannSchuldirektorin
  
Production company:Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH (München)
in co-production with:Constantin Film Produktion GmbH (München)
in association with:German Film Productions (GFP) GmbH & Co. (Berlin)
Producer:Christian Becker
Co-Producer:Martin Moszkowicz, David Groenewold, Franz Kraus, Antonio Exacoustos jr.
Executive producer:Nina Maag
Line producer:Patty Barth, Peter Schiller
Unit production manager:Ulrike Fauth, Dana Hopfe
Post-production:Dierk Beck von Rohland (Überwachung), Axel Vogelmann (Überwachung)
Shoot:03.07.2007-25.08.2007: Berlin
Original distributor:Constantin Film Verleih GmbH (München)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)
Length:2930 m, 107 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 25.01.2008, 112844, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 18.01.2008, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Kinostart (DE): 13.03.2008

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Die Welle

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Original

Length:2930 m, 107 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 25.01.2008, 112844, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 18.01.2008, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Kinostart (DE): 13.03.2008
 

Awards

Deutscher Filmpreis 2008
Lola, Bester Nebendarsteller
Lola in Bronze, Bester Spielfilm
 

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