Lessons of a Dream

by Sebastian Grobler

In 1874, a young teacher in Germany experiments with a highly contested way of teaching English to his students: by introducing football…

The young teacher Konrad Koch (Daniel Brühl) is hired to teach English at a strictly-run German school for boys in 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von Merfeld (Burghart Klaussner) has hired Koch as one of the very first English teachers of all at a German secondary school in order to let a fresh new wind into his musty institution. Koch sees how badly this is needed in his very first class. Everything that the boys know about England is common prejudices handed down from one generation to the next. In order to stir up some enthusiasm for the foreign language, Oxford graduate Koch resorts to unusual means and introduces his students to a curious sport that comes from Britain: football. 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 at any price. But then his students take the initiative ...

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 113 minutes
Original title
Der Ganz große Traum des Konrad Koch
directed by
Sebastian Grobler
produced by
deutschfilm, Cuckoo Clock Entertainment and Senator Film Produktion in co-production with Rialto Film and ARD Degeto
  • Burghart Klaußner (THE WHITE RIBBON)
  • Justus von Dohnanyi (DOWNFALL)
  • Jürgen Tonkel

Press Quotes

"... a glowing declaration of love to the unifying power of football."

Selected Festivals & Awards

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival | Audience Award | awarded