• The Teachers' Lounge (12A)

  • Cinema


  • £6.50 Full Price
  • £5.50 Concessions
  • £4.50 Student Members


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Oscar-nominated The Teachers’ Lounge is German writer-director İlker Çatak’s brilliantly observed drama. Playing out like a thriller, the film expertly explores the fault lines of contemporary society.

Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is a dedicated and idealistic new high-school teacher. A fresh face at the school, she seems to have connected with her Year 8 students, who are engaged and eager to learn in her maths class. But something is bubbling underneath the surface, and she’s quickly thrust into a delicate situation when a Turkish boy is suspected of theft. Not convinced of his guilt, Carla takes matters into her own hands and inadvertently starts down a path that soon begins to spiral out of control. As she tries to mediate between students, parents and opinionated colleagues, she is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. Carla is pushed to her limits, and the school becomes a proxy for the cultural and ethical clashes of modern-day society.

Catak’s film is an incisive study in power dynamics that demonstrates how individuals are worn down by opposing beliefs, as the adage goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’.

Country: Germany
Language: German (with English subtitles)

Talking Pictures

Join us in the bar after the Wednesday 22 May screening for Talking Pictures. Talking Pictures is a relaxed way to watch a new release and discuss it with other film lovers. Watch the screening and join us in the bar afterwards for an informal discussion led by a film expert.

Talking Pictures is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. 


İlker Çatak


Leonie Benesch

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