Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Der Ganz Grosse Traum (Lessons of a Dream)
Germany, 1874- Based on actual events. Koch (Daniel Brühl), a young Oxford graduate, is hired by von Merfeld (Burghart Klaussner) the reform-minded headmaster of a conservative school for boys to teach the young men English, and to breathe new life into the old institution. Koch sees how badly this is needed in his very first class. Unfortunately, Koch’s unconventional ways soon make him many enemies: influential parents, local dignitaries and, above all, his colleagues, who only believe in Prussian drills and discipline. They all want to get rid of Koch - but then his students decide to take the initiative. Film screens as part of German Currents Film Festival.