HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE
By visiting Dieter Bachmann in his class, you will experience a teacher who builds a personal, emotional rapport with his students. Someone who does not merely impart knowledge but who involves his full personality with all his weaknesses and strengths. Someone who has no taboos and engages his students without prejudice. Not in the service of political correctness but as lived, emotional openness without any hidden resentment. He creates an open atmosphere without fear in which his students feel safe, where they can show themselves and develop. School becomes their living room, a trusted space where they can talk about anything they have on their minds. With a teacher who in conversation challenges, provokes, encourages, strengthens, promotes solidarity and empathy. Someone who knows that strengthening self-worth can be more important than the Pythagorean theorem. Someone who throws all his abilities in the balance so non-academic skills can develop as well. Juggling. Shaping stone. Building tables. Dancing. Making music. Important activities to foster communication among the students and help overcome social, cultural, and linguistic barriers.
Her second feature MADONNAS won the Hessian Film Prize in 2007. The lead actress Sandra Hüller won the “Silver Astor” award for best actress at the Festival Internacional de Cine in Mar del Plata.
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 was
awarded 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 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. Mr Bachmann will be released theatrically in Germany by Grandfilm following its premiere at Berlinale 2021.
She is currently working on the feature films FOR KATE and ONE LIVES BECAUSE ONE IS BORN, both supported with funds through the German Federal Government.
2021 - MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS, documentary
2014 - DAUGHTERS, feature
2010 - 9 LIVES, documentary
2007 - MADONNAS, feature
2001 - THE DAYS BETWEEN, feature
1999 - BAREFOOT, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Maria Speth
Produced by: Maria Speth
Cinematography: Reinhold Vorschneider
Editing: Maria Speth
Sound: Adrian Baumeister
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2021