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“The Teachers‘ Lounge” Shortlisted for the OSCARS® 2024

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10.01.2024 - Article

The German feature THE TEACHERS‘ LOUNGE by İlker Çatak made it on the shortlist of the last 15 films for the 96th Oscars® in the category 'Best International Feature Film'.

On January 23, 2024, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will reveal which five of the 15 films on the shortlist will be going forward to take part in the competition for the Oscar® in this category. A total of 88 countries submitted their approved films to the race.

About the film:

The drama THE TEACHERS‘ LOUNGE centres on Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch), a young and dedicated sports and math teacher who starts her first job full of idealism. But then there are a series of thefts at her school. When a Turkish student is accused of thieving, Carla decides to get to the bottom of the matter, but she faces an insoluble dilemma: the prime suspect, the school’s secretary, is the mother of her most talented pupil, Oskar. The forces Carla has unleashed slide out of control to the point where Oskar contacts the school newspaper to publicize his mother’s point of view – which then sparks a heated debate about truth and justice. Carla tries to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, but is mercilessly confronted in the process by the structures of the school system. The more she tries desperately to do everything right, the more the young teacher is on the verge of breaking apart.

Listen to the German Films Podcast Short Take, in which the editors talk with writer/director Ilker Catak, who is the director of “The Teachers' Lounge”. The podcast will be available here from January 11.

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