Archive of films School Trip / Klassenfahrt

2001, 86 min

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Year: 2002

The mystery of puberty and the bitter-sweet fumblings of first love in Henner Winckler’s debut weave an expressive screen fabric in a deliberately relaxed tempo. A group of twenty adolescent Berliners, including the popular Isa and the loner Ronny, set off on a school outing which not only involves a large consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, but also provides an opportunity for enchanting and sincere incompetence.


The mysteries of puberty and the bittersweet fumblings of first love are given a quiet, nuanced spin in "School Trip." Incisively structured and deliberately downbeat, this first feature by director Henner Winckler refuses to conform to contempo youth storytelling techniques. Some two dozen Berlin teenagers are on their mandatory school-sponsored outing - in this case, a bus trip to the Baltic coast of Poland. Cigarettes and alcohol abound, as well as general horseplay. The story begins to focus on the popular Isa (Sophie Kempe) and loner Ronny (Steven Sperling) who begins, ever so slowly, to circle in on Isa. Rather than brassy teenagers imbued with the glib attributes of adulthood found in most Hollywood films, Steven, Isa and their classmates are at once amusingly awkward yet heartbreakingly sincere. Eddie Cockrell

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Director: Henner Winckler
Screenplay: Henner Winckler, Stefan Kriekhaus
Dir. of Photography: Janne Busse
Music: Cem Oral
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, ZDF
Cast: Steven Sperling, Sophie Kempe, Maxi Warwel, Jakob Panzek, Bartek Blaszczyk, Fritz Roth, Gordon Schmidt, Mathias Liefeldt, Florian Thiele

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