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Teachers’ Lounge screening at the Goeth-Institut on March 7

The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles invites you to attend a screening of Ilker Çatak’s multi-award-winning film ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ (96th Academy Awards® Nominee – Best International Feature Film) on Thursday, March 7th from 7PM-9PM at the Goeth-Institut (1901 West 7th St., Suite AB, L.A., CA 90057). Presented in cooperation with Sony Pictures Classics. Light refreshments provided. Secure, free Parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure with rear entrance to the Goethe-Institut located at 674 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057. RSVP!

Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is a dedicated, idealistic young teacher in her first job at a German middle school. Her relaxed rapport with her seventh-grade students is put under stress when a series of thefts occur at the school, and a staff investigation leads to accusations and mistrust among outraged parents, opinionated colleagues, and angry students. Caught in the middle of these complex dynamics, Carla tries to mediate—but the more she tries to do everything right, the more desperate her position becomes.

With ‘The Teacher’s Lounge,’ award-winning director İlker Çatak (I Was, I Am, I Will Be) creates a riveting work about school as a microcosm of society. Starring as a dedicated young teacher, Leonie Benesch (The White Ribbon, Babylon Berlin, Around The World In 80 Days) drives an intense atmosphere through her captivating portrayal of an idealist caught between clashing sides. ‘The Teacher’s Lounge’ is a study in power dynamics, with themes of truth, justice, racism, respect, and children’s rights that demonstrate how individuals are worn down between entrenched positions.

Other strong roles are played by Eva Löbau, Michael Klammer, and, making his film debut in the lead child role, Leo Stettnisch. Cinematographer Judith Kaufmann (‘Corsage’) was responsible for the visual design’s ominous mood.

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