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The Teacher’s Lounge

Ilker Çatak |Germany |2023 |98min
Language: German and Polish with subtitles Cast: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Anne-Kathrin Gummich


March 27:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmMarch 28:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Riveting from first scene to last, The Teachers’ Lounge takes off like a rocket from the moment that newbie instructor Carla Nowak, played by the sensational Leonie Benesch (The Crown) suspects that something is wrong in her circumscribed world as a Polish emigre teaching at a German middle school. A series of thefts at Carla’s school puts students on edge, with faculty suspicion falling on one of Carla’s students, Ali the son of Turkish immigrants. Carla feels the same sensitivity, given her Polish roots, which alienate her colleagues who perceive her do-gooder attitude as unearned moral superiority. As tempers flare, pitting seventh graders against teachers, parents and school administrators, the ever idealistic Carla sets out to prove Ali’s innocence. In the process, she inadvertently sparks chaos. The tension escalates to such unbearable levels. The Teachers’ Lounge will keep you guessing, as a tale of petty theft at a German middle school becomes a battle between freedom of expression and institutional control all too easy to recognize as our own.–ABC News

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