The German film ‘The Teacher’s Lounge’ will be released in Japan on May 17 (Friday).
Set in a contemporary middle school, the suspense/thriller film revolves around Carla, a passionate and justice-driven first-year homeroom teacher. Triggered by a theft incident within the school, Carla embarks on her own investigation against the school principal’s policies, leading to intense criticism from parents, student rebellion, and conflicts with fellow teachers. The role of the dedicated Carla is played by Lea van Acken, known for her work in films such as ‘The White Ribbon’ and ‘The Swarm.’
Director Ilker Çatak, drawing on his own childhood experiences, crafted an original screenplay that earned the film five awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Editing, at the German Film Awards. Additionally, the film has been nominated for the International Feature Film category at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards, set to be announced in March.
Along with the decision to release the film, a teaser flyer and a special feature film for the Japanese version were released. The special trailer begins with Kara and her students shouting in the classroom and ends with her covering her face with her hands in the hallway, without anyone looking at her.
The Teacher’s Lounge
Director/Screenplay: Ilker Chatak
Cast: Leonie Benesch (‘Persian Lessons,’ ‘The White Ribbon’)
2022/Germany/German/99 min/Standard/5.1ch/ Original title: Das Lehrerzimmer
Japanese subtitles: Minako Yoshikawa/Source: King Records New Select/ Distributor: Albatross Film/G
Opening May 17 (Fri.) at Shinjuku Musashino Theater, Cine Switch Ginza, Cine Libre Ikebukuro, and other theaters nationwide.
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