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The Teachers’ Lounge wins LUX Audience Award 2024

LUX Audience Award Winner 2024; The Teachers' Lounge
LUX Audience Award Winner 2024; The Teachers' Lounge

The winner of the 2024 LUX Audience Award was announced on the 16th of April in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels. Congratulations to the winning film ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ directed by Ilker Çatak.

The Teachers’ Lounge, produced in Germany, tells a story about Carla, a young high school teacher, distinguished from her colleagues by her idealism. When a series of unsolved thefts sour the atmosphere among the teaching staff, Carla decides to investigate. With the help of a hidden camera and to everyone’s surprise, she exposes the thief but her revelation unleashes forces that slide steadily out of control and presents Carla with an unsolvable dilemma.

Co-writer and Director of the winning film İlker Çatak, Writer Johannes Duncker and Producer Ingo Fliess said: 'Our heartfelt gratitude to our audience and the esteemed members of the European Parliament. We are deeply honoured by the widespread reception of our film among viewers in Europe and beyond. This recognition underscores the vital role of teachers as the unsung heroes of our society. With utmost respect, we dedicate this award to them.'

The other four films shortlisted for the award were: 20 000 Species of Bees by Spanish director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren; Fallen Leaves by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki; On the Adamant by French director Nicolas Philibert; and Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Estonian director Anna Hints.

The winning film was chosen by combining a public vote and a vote by European MEPs.

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