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German GCSE Study Session: Max Minsky und Ich

Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level German
This year in response to the pandemic our study sessions are taking place online. You will need to register your school with Into Film in order to be able to watch the film in advance of the study session. Being an Into Film club member will also bring other benefits such as access to many films and free online resources.

A week before the online workshop you will receive a pre-screening resource via email created by our tutor Sascha Stollhans, Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies at Lancaster University and will have received a DVD of the film from Into Film.

HOME’s Schools & Colleges Modern Foreign Languages programme is supported by Into Film and by Routes into Languages North West at Manchester Metropolitan University.

German GCSE Study Session

Online workshop: Wed 12 May 2021, 14:00 – 15:15
Pre-screening resource email: Arriving on Wed 5 May 2021
DVD from Into Film: Arriving before 5 May 2021
Booking deadline: Wed 28 April 2021

Pre-screening resource: Sascha Stollhans’s pre-screening resource will be a video (narrated PowerPoint) which will introduce the film in German and English. This will provide key German phrases and vocab and contextual information about the themes, production and reception of the film as well as the novel the film is based on.

Film: Max Minsky und Ich (PG)
(Max Minsky and Me)
Dir Anna Justice/Germany 2007
94mins/German and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Adraina Altaras /Jan Josef Liefers / Zoe Moore

Nelly is a bright half-German, half-American Jewish girl growing up in Berlin, facing up to her impending bat mitzvah and with aspirations to become an astronomer. When she learns of a basketball tournament hosted by the dashing Prinz Edouard, Nelly resolves to get onto the school team in order to meet him. To help her, she enlists the help of Max, a sullen boy next door, agreeing to tutor him in exchange. This is a gentle, but observant comedy, offering a credible take on the traditional odd-couple teen comedy formula, while touching on harder issues around family unity. The film is also an intriguing portrait of growing up in contemporary Germany and learning to enter the world on your own terms.

Online workshop: This workshop, led by Sascha Stollhans, Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies at Lancaster University, will examine key themes of the film: friendship and first love, growing up in contemporary Germany, and religion and identity. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to recap German vocabulary relevant to the GCSE curriculum (family and relationships, hobbies and leisure, describing people and their character).

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