The Wave is an compelling German film that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It's about a high school teacher who sets up an experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship, but it soon spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.
Reviews from Sundance praise the film for its "intoxicating power of conformity." James Greenberg from the Hollywood Reporter writes that "the film opens with a rush of energy and doesn't let up." Thoughts?
The Wave (aka Die Welle) is both co-written and directed by German filmmaker Dennis Gansel, of Girls on Top and Before the Fall previously. The film was co-written by Gansel and Peter Thorwarth and is based on a novel of the same name written by Todd Strasser. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but never actually picked up a US distributor. If it does find a distributor, we can expect to see this in theaters sometime in early 2009.