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Power Dynamics: Sony Pictures Classics Takes a Seat in “The Teachers’ Lounge”

Power Dynamics: Sony Pictures Classics Takes a Seat in “The Teachers’ Lounge”

A major break-out film outside the competition of the Berlinale’s Panorama section and a double winner of the Europa Cinemas Label award for Best European film in the Panorama, as well as the CICAE Arthouse Cinema Award (see our pics below), Ilker Çatak, couldn’t have asked for a better premiere. Now comes word that the Sony Pictures Classics folks have landed The Teachers’ Lounge aka Das Lehrerzimmer for several markets including North America. Our Nicholas Bell was praise-worthy on Çatak’s fourth feature stating:

“A contemporary portrait of how a catch-22 situation decimates the ability for a well-intentioned teacher’s ability to do the right thing, it’s also a sly portrait of displacement, navigating the experience of adhering to a host culture as an outsider.”

The Teachers' Lounge Ilker Çatak

This stars Leonie Benesch (who was also selected for the 2023 Shooting Stars) as an idealistic sports and maths teacher. When one of her students is suspected of being behind a series of thefts the teacher investigates and comes under intense pressure from all sides.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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