Das Lehrerzimmer

The Teachers’ Lounge

In her first job Carla Nowak is committed to teaching mathematics and physical education to her class of seventh graders. Things are going well but then a series of thefts occur at school and one of her students is quickly suspected. An outraged Carla decides to get to the bottom of the matter herself, but the case is not so easy to solve and has repercussions. Quickly decried as idealistic by the rest of the staff, Carla finds herself having to answer to angry parents and mediate between quarrelling students. In İlker Çatak’s unsparing drama, the school is a microcosm in which the outside world no longer exists and nothing remains private. THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE is a study in power relations that demonstrates how individuals are worn down between entrenched positions. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teachers' Lounge, 2023) - Räuberhände (Stambul Garden, 2020; CE'21) - Es gilt das gesprochene Wort (I Was, I Am, I Will Be, 2019) - Es war einmal Indianerland (2017)
European Panorama Fiction 2023
İlker Çatak
Germany 2022
98 minutes
German / Turkish / Polish / English
German OV / OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Johannes Duncker, İlker Çatak
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Editing Gesa Jäger
Sound/Sounddesign Kirsten Kunhardt, Thorsten Többen
Music Marvin Miller
With Leonie Benesch, Leonard Stettnisch, Eva Löbau, Michael Klammer, Anne-Kathrin Gummich
Producer(s) Ingo Fliess
if… Productions, ZDF, arte
World Sales
Be For Films
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
Panda Lichtspiele
World Premiere
Berlinale 2023