Teachers' Lounge

C.I.C.A.E. Award ~ Panorama
Berlin International Film Festival
European Actress
European Film Awards
European Screenwriter
European Film Awards
'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.


The Teachers' Lounge

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.
Drama, Women and Film
German, Turkish, Polish, English
Ilker Çatak
Johannes Duncker, Ilker Çatak
Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, Eva Löbau
Winner, C.I.C.A.E. Award ~ Panorama, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee, European Actress, European Film Awards
Nominee, European Screenwriter, European Film Awards
Winner, Label Europa Cinemas, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee, Audience Award, European Film Awards
Nominee, FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
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