Lars Kraume gives us a magnificent historical account, both intelligent and shocking, of the act of resistance of some East German students in 1956.
Based on remarkable true events and adapted from Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book, The Silent Revolution is a captivating Cold War-era drama that recently enjoyed its World Premiere in the Special Gala of the 2018 Berlinale International Film Festival.
It’s 1956 and during a visit to West Berlin, high school students Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the Budapest uprising. Back at in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously hold a two minute silence during class in solidarity with the victims of the Hungarian struggle against Soviet oppression. But the gesture causes much bigger ripples than expected. The People's Education Minister condemns the action as a counterrevolutionary act and demands that the ringleader be named, forcing the students to choose between standing together or not.