Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

The Wave

  • Dennis Gansel /
  • Germany /
  • 2008 /
  • 92 mins

Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul / Fiction / German

Just how close is totalitarianism? A classroom experiment makes a terrifying test case…

Adapted from a novel in turn loosely based on real events, this is the German box office superhit of the year. A hip young teacher enlightening his class about autocracy beckons his keen charges into their own microcosm of a fascist regime – with dangerous and finally tragic consequences. This slick mix of teen angst drama and hardhitting political allegory goes all the way.

2008 Archive

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