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GER22 The German Lesson

18+ 125 MIN
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In post-WWII Germany, Siggi Jepsen (Tom Gronau) is imprisoned in juvenile detention and tasked with writing an essay on the subject of "duty”. He suffers from writer’s block and the paper remains blank. Put in solitary confinement, and alone with himself and his feelings, he finds the clarity to recall the memories of his childhood during the war.

Eleven-year-old Siggi (Levi Eisenblätter) is a boy growing up during the war in a small village on the north German coast. His strict father, Jens (Ulrich Noethen) is the local policeman who has been instructed to enforce a work ban placed on family friend Max Nansen (Tobias Moretti, also in The House), an expressionist painter who steadfastly opposes the Nazi regime. Caught between assimilation and resistance, Siggi rebels against his father and decides to help Nansen and hide some of his works - with fatal consequences for everyone involved.

A compelling drama, based on the bestselling German post-war novel by acclaimed author Siegfried Lenz, The German Lesson is an atmospheric adaptation from director Christian Schwochow (The Crown).


WINNER – Best Cinematography, Bavarian Film Awards 2020 

WINNER – Best Film Adaptation, Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2020 

NOMINEE – Best Film Score, Best Cinematography, German Film Awards 2020 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Zurich Film Festival 2019  


"Prestige piece of filmmaking."

- ScreenDaily

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 24th May


125 min




Ulrich Noethen, Tobias Moretti, Levi Eisenblätter, Tom Gronau


Christian Schwochow


Film Festival


German with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square