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The Teachers' Lounge

When one of her students is suspected of theft, teacher Carla Nowak decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her. (PG-13, 98 min.)
Original title: Das Lehrerzimmer


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Carla Nowak (LEONIE BENESCH) is a dedicated, idealistic young teacher in her first job at a German middle school. Her relaxed rapport with her seventh-grade students is put under stress when a series of thefts occur at the school, and a staff investigation leads to accusations and mistrust among outraged parents, opinionated colleagues, and angry students. Caught in the middle of these complex dynamics, Carla tries to mediate—but the more she tries to do everything right, the more desperate her position becomes.

With THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE, award-winning director İlker Çatak (I Was, I Am, I Will Be) creates a riveting work about school as a microcosm of society. Starring as a dedicated young teacher, Leonie Benesch (The White Ribbon, Babylon Berlin, Around The World In 80 Days) drives an intense atmosphere through her captivating portrayal of an idealist caught between clashing sides. THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE is a study in power dynamics, with themes of truth, justice, racism, respect, and children’s rights that demonstrate how individuals are worn down between entrenched positions.

Other strong roles are played by Eva Löbau, Michael Klammer, and, making his film debut in the lead child role, Leo Stettnisch. Cinematographer Judith Kaufmann (CORSAGE) was responsible for the visual design’s ominous mood. [Sony Pictures Classics]

Starring: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, Eva Löbau
Director: İlker Çatak
Language: German
Genre: Drama

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"It just might be the most nerve-shredding thriller of the year."

— Kristy Puchko, Mashable

"A taut and tight examination of the concept of justice folded into an absorbing character study."

— Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

"It's not easy to make an intense thriller about things that could actually happen. But when one appears, it's glorious."

— Matt Zoller Seitz,

"It boasts some of the nerve-wracking anxiety of Uncut Gems and the keenness of last year’s standout Playground,"

— Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

"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, Hollywood Reporter

"Teachers’ Lounge is far more than a conventional whodunit, though it does build a nice head of suspense as it grapples with themes of justice, doubt and bias."

— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"The director, screenwriters, production team and cast turn a small story about a well-intentioned teacher into a modern classroom parable. An amazing achievement."

— Dwight Brown,

"The Teachers’ Lounge is a hard-hitting observation of the human power play and how it dredges out the divides and sharpens the fault lines even in a close and seemingly well-knit community."

— Namrata Joshi, The New Indian Express

"Writer-director Ílker Çatak pulls it off, aided by excellent performances all around and two truly superb ones: Leonie Benesch as an idealistic new teacher and a heartbreaking Leo Stettnisch as her troubled student."

— Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

"A nail-biting thriller in which director İlker Çatak and sensational star Leonie Benesch turn a tale of petty theft at a German middle school into a battle between freedom of expression and institutional control all too easily recognizable as our own."

— Peter Travers, ABC News