Ilker Catak The teachers’ loungea German drama set in a primary school, won the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film in the Panorama section of the 2023 edition Berlin International Film Festival.
Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin, Around the world in 80 days) stars in The teachers’ lounge as an idealistic and ambitious young teacher who finds herself at odds with her fellow teachers, her parents, and an inflexible and frustrating bureaucracy. Leonard Stettnisch, Eva Löbau, Michael Klammer, Anne-Kathrin Gummich, Kathrin Wehlisch, Uygar Tamer and Özgür co-star Karadeniz.
“The film explores key topics like the prevalence of bureaucracy in schools and issues of race and class, but it’s mostly a compelling roller coaster of drama,” Europa Cinemas’ jury said in a statement. communicated.
The Europa Cinemas award is supported by the Europa Cinemas cinema network, an association of independent cinema owners, representing over 3,000 screens in over 700 cities across Europe, which focuses on the promotion and distribution of cinema European. The network is supported by funding from the MEDIA program of the European Union and the French CNC.
As this year’s Europa Cinemas winner, The Teacher’s Lounge will benefit from promotional support to facilitate its distribution in the theater network. Produced by Ingo Fliess for German if…Productions, The teachers’ lounge is sold internationally by Be For Films.
Previous Berlin Europa Cinema winners include Belgian drama by Felix van Groeningen The breaking of the broken circle (2013), When We Leave (2013) by Austrian filmmaker Feo Aladag, Norwegian feature by Eskil Vogt Blind (2014), and last year’s winner, the Icelandic drama beautiful beings by director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson.