“Closed Society” will premiere on April 14, 2022. Leading actor Florian David Fitz reveals how he experienced his school days.
On April 14th the comedy “Enclosed Society” starts in German cinemas. In Sönke Wortmann’s, 62, film based on a screenplay by bestselling author Jan Weiler, 54, six teachers have to deal with an ambitious father shortly before the start of the weekend to discuss his son’s grades. Among them: the well-loved sports teacher and cynic Peter Mertens, played by Florian David Fitz47.
Florian David Fitz: Open words about his school days
“My blue tracksuit definitely didn’t smell any better after the shoot. I can’t recommend synthetic fibers for several weeks to anyone. And the chest toupee was also special,” says Fitz in an interview with the news agency spot on news about his special teacher’s look in the movie. “But I thought it was very funny – and I still had the best costume.”
co-worker Anke Engelke, 56, she plays the precocious and unpopular Heidi Lohmann, had to cope with a woolen outfit and wig in the heat during the shoot in Cologne, explains Fitz. “But Anke doesn’t sweat, she can suppress it. On the other hand, I always took off my pants immediately and walked around in shorts and slippers,” reveals the actor. Failing health: Flavio Briatore has to celebrate his birthday in a wheelchair
Filming with a “school country home feeling”
With regard to chamber drama-like films that take place in one place and in a very small space, Fitz already has experience with productions such as “Der Vorname” – and this time he has not regretted his choice either. “I didn’t think it was bad at all. We had a yard where we could get out, that was the most important thing.” The director’s way of working also contributed to a pleasant atmosphere. “Sönke likes to turn quickly and efficiently and doesn’t drag anything out. There’s no such thing as cabin fever.”
On the set, the actor met Justus von Dohnányi, 61, with whom Fitz had already acted in films such as “Men’s Heart” or “First Name”, and on the other hand “it was also nice to get to know the other colleagues”, says the 47-year-old. “Because we only shot in one place and everyone was always there, it felt like a school camp.”
He is known for motivating people to play games and “I managed to do that again this time. For example, we played charades with the most difficult terms possible. I assume that in real life in a teaching staff it’s not quite as amusing is how it was for us,” says Fitz. Could he imagine standing in front of a horde of students as a teacher himself? “I imagine that I could assert myself and manage it. I wouldn’t lack rigor – but I would probably still fail,” he explains with a smile.
Florian David Fitz: That was how his school days were
“enjoyed his school days very much, I was very lucky,” the actor continues ”
After a five in the interim report in the ninth grade, I pulled myself together and thought that I’d take part now, then the lessons won’t be so boring.” English, Spanish, art and “funny enough also chemistry” were among the actor’s favorite subjects. Fitz has a less fond memory of the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the faculty.
Fitz that recently confirmed that he is a father believes “there is one thing you cannot take away from the students: to understand that all of this is their event. That is all the knowledge that is offered to them. Ultimately, what they do with it is up to them. Some understand it earlier, the others maybe only during their studies or never. The funny thing is: when nobody is forcing you anymore, when your own interest suddenly becomes decisive, you acquire knowledge in a completely different way.”
The time immediately after high school was “one of the hardest times” for him, “because everything is open and the great freedom also acts as a great threat,” says Fitz. He finally decided to spend a year abroad and “pursue at least two of the things that interested me, acting and singing, and test whether I can do it at all.” During his time in Boston, he also noticed differences from his homeland. “I had the feeling that the German education system was stronger in comparison,” Fitz says of his personal experience. “I think it’s very important that you get some kind of basic education to orientate yourself in the world. In the USA it’s all more of a game.”
was shot under strict corona conditions last year. The current easing of the measures “hasn’t quite reached him yet,” Fitz concludes. “I already had Corona and I don’t feel like having it again right away. Isolation is always a logistical effort. That’s why I’ll continue to wear my mask for now – but more for selfish reasons.”
“We had a teacher who at some point, probably during his legal clerkship, wrote extremely long slides. And his lessons now consisted of putting them on the overhead projector and we had to copy them. Every day. Then you wanted a kind of technical inspection “History is the best example, it should actually be one of the most exciting school subjects. Nobody demands that you have the coronation dates of all Carolingians on it, who cares, but a rough idea of where antiquity ends and where the Middle Ages and why, that would have to be be in it. That’s an orientation in today’s world.” entertainment