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Das Lehrerzimmer

Das Lehrerzimmer

Original name:Das Lehrerzimmer
English name: The Teacher’s Lounge
Year: 2022
Run time: 94 Min
Language: German
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany
Director: İlker Çatak
Producers: Ingo Fliess
Cast: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, Eva Löbau, Leonard Stettnisch, Anne-Kathrin Gummich
Screenplay: Johannes Duncker, İlker Çatak
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Gesa Jäger
Sound Designer: Kirsten Kunhardt, Thorsten Többen
Music Composer: Marvin Miller
Production Company: if… Productions
World Sales: Pictureworks


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • Valladolid IFF 2023
  • Vancouver IFF 2023
  • Telluride FF 2023
  • Busan IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 Stambul Garden
  • 2019 I Was, I Am, I Will Be
  • 2017 Once Upon A Time Indianerland

Director's Biography:

İlker Çatak

İlker Çatak was born in Berlin in 1984 and later lived in Istanbul where he completed high school. İlker studied Film Directing in Berlin and Hamburg, graduating in 2014 at Hamburg Media School. His graduation film Sadakat received many international awards before winning the Student Academy Award in Gold in 2015. His first feature film, Once Upon A Time Indianerland debuted in 2017. İlker’s second feature film I Was, I Am, I Will Be (2019) received the Bronze Lola at the German Film Awards. His feature film Stambul Garden was released in Germany in autumn 2021 and also selected at the German Film Awards.


Carla Nowak, a dedicated sports and math teacher, starts her first job at a high school. She stands out among the new staff because of her idealism. When a series of thefts occur at the school and one of her students is suspected, she decides to get to the bottom of the matter on her own. Carla tries to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, but is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. The more desperately she tries to do everything right, the more the young teacher threatens to break.