A MINUTE'S SILENCE
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A MINUTE'S SILENCE

Directed by Thorsten M. Schmidt

Info

Director: Thorsten M. Schmidt
Section: New German TV Movies
Country: Germany
Year: 2016
PT: SCHWEIGEMINUTE
OT: SCHWEIGEMINUTE
Language: German
Version: Original version
Cast: Jonas Nay, Julia Koschitz, Uwe Preuss, Johannes Allmayer, Henny Reents
18+

Logline

A MINUTE'S SILENCE

A minute’s silence is being observed in the grammar school of Hirtshafen, a small fishing town on the Baltic shore – in memory of Stella Petersen, the school’s young English teacher. For one of her students, however, Stella was more than a teacher: She was his first love. From 18-year-old Christian’s point of view, we relive a magical summer affair between two young people that ends abruptly and tragically, but is transformed, through death, to immortality. Based on the novella by Siegfried Lenz.

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Meet the director

A MINUTE'S SILENCE

Thorsten M. Schmidt

Thorsten M. Schmidt was born in 1969 and discovered his passion for film while still at school. He began working for various TV stations and production companies in 1990, and started studying camera and directing at Film Academy Ludwigsburg in 1991. His short WASCHBÄR made such an impression on cinematographer Michael Ballhaus that he made it available to a wider audience, while Schmidt’s graduating film ROCHADE received the Honorary Foreign Student Film Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Los Angeles in 1998. He has been a free-lance director for features and commercials since his graduation 1997.

Credits

Screenplay: André Georgi, Claudia Kratochvil
Original Material: Siegfried Lenz
Director of Photography: Hannes Hubach
Film Editor: Andreas Althoff
Composer: Gerd Wilden Jr.
Production Designer: Jérôme Latour
Costume Design: Riccarda Merten-Eicher
Sound: Michael Kunz
Producer: Oliver Berben, Sarah Kirkegaard
Production Company: MOOVIE GmbH
World Sales: Global Screen GmbH
Editor: Günther van Endert, Stefanie von Heydwolff
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)