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Die Welle

Dennis Gansel

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Festival year: 2010

During a week’s workshop on ‘forms of government’, high-school teacher Rainer Wenger sets up a project to have his students personally experience what dictatorship represents. Fairly innocent concepts like group pressure and discipline soon develop into a serious movement called ‘Die Welle’. After a few days, the students begin to exclude dissenters, turn critics of ‘Die Welle’ into enemies and put an end to long-standing friendships. Criticism of ‘Die Welle' is answered with aggression and intimidation. Conflicts accumulate, until the situation inevitably escalates.
'Die Welle' is a remake of the American TV movie 'The Wave' (1981) and won many prizes.


Germany 2008, 93 min.


Spoken language: German

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:


Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH


Dutch distribution:

Paradiso Filmed Entertainment

+31 206159222

World sales:

Celluloid Dreams

+33 149708359

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