Section: Tributes, Days of German Cinema

The Flying Classroom (2002) 10

Germany | 2002 | 110 min.

A troubled 12-year-old Jonathan gets sent to a religious boarding school with a prestigious choir. He soon makes friends with a group of classmates and falls in love with a thief, Mona, who's part of a rival group. After a fight, the kids are punished by having to create a special performance. They decide to perform a play they chance upon called The Flying Classroom. Without knowing who the author is and what significance the work has to their teacher Justus, they put it to new music and rap lyrics. This, however, causes a chain of events that unexpectedly teaches them the value of friendship and courage, and enables them to do a good deed.

Duration110 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Tomy Wigand
Screenplay Henriette Piper, Franziska Buch, Uschi Reich
Director of Photography Peter von Haller
Music Moritz Freise, Biber Gullatz, Niki Reiser
Edited by Christian Nauheimer
Contact Goethe-Institut Tschechische Republik


Tomy Wigand (1952) is an editor, screenwriter and director. He studied at the University of Television and Film Munich. He made his debut with the feature comedy Football Rules Ok (Fußball ist unser Leben, 2000). In addition to a few TV movies and series, he's directed the family films The Flying Classroom (Das fliegende Klassenzimmer, 2003) and Omamamia (2012), the romantic drama Polly Blue Eyes (2005), and the children's adventure film TKKG: The Secret to the Mysterious Mind-Machine (TKKG und die rätselhafte Mind-Machine, 2006).