Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all media rights in North America, Latin America and Eastern Europe excluding Hungary to Ilker Catak’s Berlin Panorama award winner The Teachers’ Lounge.
Catak’s fourth feature won the Europa Cinemas Label award for Best European film in the Panorama as well as the CICAE Arthouse Cinema Award and stars Leonie Benesch (The White Ribbon, The Crown, Berlinale Series entry The Swarm) 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.
Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, and Eva Lobau round out the key cast. Catak co-wrote The Teacher’s Lounge with Johannes Duncker. Ingo Fliess, for if… Productions Film, served as producer.
“She is us. The movie is beautiful, brilliant, dramatic, and precise. It will be a privilege to bring this engaging masterpiece to the wide public it deserves.”
“Becoming part of the Sony Pictures Classics family is an accolade for any filmmaker,” said Catak. “The Sony Pictures Classics family is an honor for any filmmaker,” said Catak. Be For Films has previously licensed rights to France, Benelux, Cineart, Spain (A Contracorriente), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain(A Contracorriente), Greece and Hungary (Mozinet), Australia & New Zealand [Madman], South Korea (DHL Studio), Turkey (Bir Film) and Israel (New Cinema).