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İlker Çatak

Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teachers' Lounge)

94' - 2023 - Drama - Dialogue: German, Turkish, Polish, English
Director: İlker Çatak Composer: Marvin Miller With: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachoviak
Das Lehrerzimmer gradually evolves into a thriller about a plague of thefts in a German school. The teacher who unwittingly finds herself in the eye of the storm is played by a magnetic Leonie Benesch.

The microcosm of a school as a metaphor for society: nothing new, but in his fourth feature film, Das Lehrerzimmer, German director İlker Çatak takes a creative approach to it. The idealistic Carla Nowak teaches maths and physical education to 12- to 14-year-olds. Her commitment is beyond question, something which is appreciated by her students. One day, Carla gets involved in the investigation of thefts plaguing the school. As such, she becomes the centre of a storm that just won't subside. Adults and adolescents are pitted against each other. The students openly question the authority of their parents and teachers, especially when they feel an injustice is done. Çatak limits the action to the school, allowing Das Lehrerzimmer to slowly emerge as a claustrophobic thriller, strengthened by Marvin Miller's electrifying score.

Das Lehrerzimmer is about a lot of things - conformity, rebellion, racism, optics, intergenerational mistrust - but it is also a stark reminder, from both the teacher and the student side, of what school actually was for so many of us: our first and most foundational experience of institutionalization.” - Variety

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İlker Çatak


Marvin Miller


Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachoviak


İlker Çatak, Johannes Duncker

Director of Photography

Judith Kaufmann


Gesa Jäger


Ingo Fliess

Production studios

if... Productions Film GmbH



More information


German, Turkish, Polish, English

Countries of production





İlker Çatak
Eskimo Frosch (short, 2005), Fast Fiktion (short, 2006), Between Borders (short, 2008), Ayda (short, 2008), Namibya sehir iken... (short, 2010), Old School (short, 2013), Zeitraum (short, 2014), Where We Are (short, 2014), Fidelity (short, 2014), Once Upon a Time... Indianerland (2017), I Was, I Am, I Will Be (2019), Stambul Garden (2021), The Teachers’ Lounge (2023)

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