The Teachers' Lounge

February 12, 2024 7:15 PM

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.

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.


Berlin Film Festival: won Europa Cinemas award
German Film Awards: won Best Picture, Actress, Screenplay and Director
National U.S. Board Review: nominated one of top 5 International Films
Palm Springs Film Festival: won Director to Watch
Valladolid Film Festival: won Best Editing
Nominated for 17 other international awards


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


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

A gripping story of idealism battered by bruising reality, high-handed authority and arrogant, misguided students who organize themselves to achieve maximum chaos, “Lounge” is a cautionary slice of education in an “Every parent’s an expert” era. - Roger Moore/Movie Nation
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