Mr. Bachmann and His Class

Year
2021
Country
Germany
Duration
217’’
Director
Maria Speth
Mr. Bachmann and His Class is an intimate documentary portraying the bond between an elementary school teacher and his students. His unconventional methods clash with the complex social and cultural realities of the provincial German industrial town they live in.
 
CREW:
Director: Maria Speth
Producer: Maria Speth
Cinematographer: Reinhold Vorschneider
Editor: Maria Speth
Sound: Niklas Kammertöns, Adrian Baumeister
Production
Madonnen Film GmbH
Sales:
Films Boutique, [email protected]
Awards
Best Documentary Award from International Cinephile Society (2022); Silver Bear Jury Prize at Berlin International Film Festival (2021); Competition Audience Award at Berlin International Film Festival (2021); Best Documentary (Bester Dokumentarfilm) at German Film Awards (2021); Best Documentary at Hong Kong International Film Festival (2021); Nominated as Best European Documentary for European Film Awards (2021)
Director
Maria Speth
Maria Speth is a writer, director, and producer of features and documentaries. Her graduate thesis film and debut feature The Days Between premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2001, where it won the VPRO Tiger Award. It was also honored with the Grand Jury Award at the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival and the MFG-Star Award for emerging directors in Germany in 2001. Her second feature Madonnas (D 2007) won the Hessian Film Prize in 2007. In 2009, Maria Speth founded Madonnen Film and produced her first documentary, 9 Lives, which she wrote, directed, and edited, and for which she received the DEFA Foundation Award at the 2010 International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. In 2011, she won the Incentive Prize for Film and Media Arts from the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In 2012, Maria received the German Metropolis Award as best director of a documentary. Her feature Daughters (D 2014) premiered at the Berlinale and was released theatrically in Germany. In 2015, Maria received script development funding from the German National Film Fund FFA for her project Stadt Allen Dorf that she shot as Mr. Bachman and His Class until July 2017. She is currently working on a feature film For Kate and her project One Lives because One is Born, both supported with funds through the German Federal Government.
Selected Filmography
Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021), Daughter (2014), 9 Lives (2009), Madonnas (2007), The Days Between (2001), Barefoot (1999)
 
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