Visions of Europe x Docs Ireland: Mr Bachmann and His Class

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Director(s)Maria Speth
Writer(s)Maria Speth, Reinhold Vorschneider
Running Time3HR 37MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

In Stadtallendorf, a German city with a complex history of both excluding and integrating foreigners, genial teacher Dieter Bachmann offers his pupils the key to at least feeling as if they are at home, in Maria Speth’s engrossing documentary.

Aged between twelve and fourteen, these pupils come from twelve different nations; some have not quite mastered the German language. On the brink of retirement, Bachmann is eager to inspire these citizens-in-the-making with a sense of curiosity for a wide range of crafts, subjects, cultures and opinions.

Watching this absorbing, sensitive documentary, one is overwhelmed with the realisation that, if only all children were blessed with such emotionally intelligent, ever-patient educators, conflict would be mitigated via discussion. Those who, like filmmaker Maria Speth and her cinematographer Reinhold Vorschneider, are able to recognise and highlight so beautifully not only the importance of education but also what a quietly spectacular process it can be, are heroes in their own right, too.

"Maria Speth’s documentary about a genial teacher shepherding a diverse group of pupils is a stunning lesson in film-making" The Guardian

This screening is presented in partnership with Docs Ireland, which returns for its 5th edition from 20-25 June 2023.

From 31 Mar - 16 Apr, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of 24 films from a Macedonian witch tale to a race through Berlin, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen.


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