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A woman with ginger hair, wearing a red sweater, yells while standing in a classroom.

The Teachers’ Lounge
(Das Lehrerzimmer)

  •   İlker Çatak
  •   Germany

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

This gripping drama about conformity, racism, and rebellion — Germany’s entry into the Oscars — is an incisive look at the rapidly shifting power dynamics and complex search for truth in contemporary society.

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Scheduled to attend: Director İlker Çatak

Event Information

Sunday, October 15, 2023

  •   94 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

  • Closed Captions
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