The Teachers’ Lounge

Drama Rated: PG-13 98 min

Nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature

When one of her students is suspected of theft, idealistic new teacher Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) decides to take matters into her own hands, trying to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students. Caught between what she believes is right and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to tear her apart. A modern parable with the heart of a thriller, the film is marvelously carried by the virtuoso talents of Benesch (The White Ribbon, Babylon Berlin). A FilmColumbia23 selection.

“A taut and tight examination of the concept of justice folded into an absorbing character study.” — Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times
The Teachers’ Lounge is a pulse-pounding exploration of the ways we draw lines between enemies and friends, and the courage it takes to blur them.” — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
directed by
Ilker Çatak
written by
Johannes Duncker, Ilker Çatak
Leonie Benesch, Leonard Stettnisch, Eva Löbau
German, Turkish, Polish, English