The Teacher's Lounge


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Feb 9 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Feb 10 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Feb 12 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Feb 13 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Feb 14 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Feb 15 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:94 minutes
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:German, Turkish, Polish, English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ilker Çatak
Cast:Leonie Benesch
Leonard Stettnisch
Eva Löbau
Michael Klammer


“The Teacher’s Lounge” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature (Germany).

An idealistic middle school teacher who advocates for a student accused of stealing becomes embroiled in conflict when she becomes the target of a theft herself.

Carla Nowak is a dedicated 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 heavy-handed 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 she is mercilessly confronted in the process by the structures and politics of the system. The more she tries to do everything right, the more desperate her position becomes.

With “The Teacher’s Lounge”, award-winning director Ilker Çatak creates an uncompromising, nuanced work about the institution as a microcosm of society. Starring as a dedicated young teacher, Leonie Benesch drives an intense atmosphere through her captivating portrayal of an idealist caught between clashing sides.

“The Teacher’s Lounge” is a riveting study of power dynamics, with themes of truth, justice, racism, respect, cancel culture and children’s rights that demonstrate how individuals are worn down between entrenched positions.