Keswick Film Festival

We Don't Need No Education

For our education theme, we offer three films which focus not only on the theme of education but go out of the classroom and into wider society. Evil (Ondskan) and Play both from Sweden, and The Wave from Germany. These films have life at school at their heart but also show unforeseen consequences of bullying, conformism and illustrate just how much of an education the participants really need.


Friday 22nd February 6:00 PM - Alhambra
Play (2011)
Ruben Östlund (2011) Sweden 118 mins TBC

An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'little brother number' or 'brother trick', involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence. Play is elegantly shot - entirely filmed in static shots using a Red 4K camera - and while languid at times, it is punctuated by unlikely moments of humour. An award winner at Festivals from Tokyo to Tromso.

Thanks to Soda Pictures.

Saturday 23rd February 7:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
The Wave
Die Welle
Dennis Gansel (2008) Germany 107 mins 15

Learning how an autocracy works takes on a distinctly disturbing angle when the pupils start to live and act under autocratic rules and conventions. As what was initially an experiment gives way to daily living, what will it take before those involved realise what is happening? It is said that evil exists when one good person does nothing but what happens when one good person does something? A stunningly powerful film that is frighteningly believable and one that is all the more thought provoking for being set in Germany.

Thanks to Momentum Pictures.

Saturday 23rd February 9:15 PM - Theatre By The Lake
Mikael Håfström (2003) Sweden 113 mins 15

Evil depicts life in a single-sex boarding school and what one person has to endure. Having been expelled from one day school for fighting, Erik ends up in a boarding school. Out of the frying pan and into the fire? An assured piece of film making - as the director attended such a boarding school himself - and a cast who play their parts brilliantly. As the tension increases you will be drawn into the story and forced to revise your opinion of the central character as he undergoes a period of intense change. Very powerful with knockout performances.

Thanks to Metrodome.

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