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VSow does the innocuous employees room of an obscure faculty within the depths of the German provinces handle to seek out its solution to Hollywood? The query has been on everybody's lips for the reason that film Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teachers’ Room) by German-Turkish director Ilker Çatak was nominated for the Oscars to symbolize Germany within the “best foreign film” class. “If we knew the magic formula that makes films successful…” the German producers reply perplexed when requested to elucidate the “phenomenon Teachers room “.

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Beyond the standard of this movie, unanimously praised by critics in Germany, it’s the universality of its topic which convinces. This drama performs out between the bay home windows and labyrinthine corridors of a school with Nineteen Seventies-style modernist structure that could possibly be present in France or the United States. While making an attempt to elucidate a collection of thefts dedicated within the institution, Carla Nowak, a younger idealistic math and sports activities trainer, finds herself caught in an inextricable ethical battle. The college turns into the mirror of your complete society and asks everlasting questions: the best way to reconcile idealism and actuality. How the most effective intentions can have disastrous penalties. How to forestall racism, mobbing (a conflictual relationship within the office, each between colleagues and between superiors and subordinates), violence and discrimination poison the small universe of a classroom… and a academics' room. We are removed from the style of sunshine comedies during which college is normally left in Germany.

The path of glory

The Teachers’ Room has climbed the steps of glory one after the other. Upon its launch in Germany, the movie was praised by critics. At the Berlinale 2022, he stood out within the Panorama collection and instantly attracted consideration from overseas. The movie bought very effectively in lots of nations. For the United States, the nice distributor Sony Picture Classics acquires the rights.

READ ALSO Oscars: these French movies already rewarded in HollywoodThe first consecration is made in Germany : on May 12, in opposition to all expectations, The Teachers’ Room is topped greatest movie of the yr 2023 in the course of the Deutscher Filmpreis ceremony, the German movie prize, the equal of the French Césars. However, the video games appeared determined prematurely. Everyone was satisfied it might be the Goliath In the west, nothing is new, by director Edward Berger (Oscar for greatest overseas movie in 2022) which might win the day. An epic movie little appreciated by German critics however whose theme, the First World War, matches like a glove to our warlike instances. To everybody's shock, it's little David The classroom who wins the golden lola, this statuette which right here takes the place of Caesar. Ilker Çatak additionally received the prize for greatest director and along with his co-author and childhood good friend Johannes Duncker that for greatest screenplay. Leonie Benesch, who performs the younger trainer Carla Nowak, wins the Golden Lola for greatest actress and beats star Sandra Hüller, nominated for Sissi and me.

In August, German Films, the illustration of German movies overseas, selected to supply The classroom to put on the colours of Germany on the Oscars. “A very current film,” argues German Film, “universal and essential. Ilker Çatak uses the microcosm of the school to depict the process of social erosion. » And last January, the Los Angeles Academy announced that The classroom by Ilker Çatak was selected among the five foreign films in competition to win the most coveted trophy in the world. By his side, Perfectdays of the German Wim Wenders, who competes for Japan andAnatomy of a fall by Justine Triet for France with the German Sandra Hüller in the lead role. Germany has only won the Oscar for best foreign film in Hollywood four times: last year with In the west, nothing is new ; in 2007, with The lives of others, by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; in 2003, with Nowhere in Africa, by Caroline Link; and in 1980, with The drumby Volker Schlöndorff.

“I cried with rage”

A shadow of this stunning journey. German-Turkish director Ilker Çatak says that he took it for a very long time with out saying something, that he compelled himself to smile in order to not make waves, however that now the cup is full. It's time to shout your anger. Ilker Çatak accuses the German media of discrimination, who’ve so many instances failed to say his identify, merely asserting: Sandra Hüller, Wim Wenders and The Teachers’ Room are nominated for an Oscar. “I have the impression,” mentioned Ilker Çatak in an interview with South German Zeitung, that you just most likely should have a German identify to be cited by the media on this nation. » When the Golden Lola was awarded to greatest director, German actress Iris Berben had already broken her identify by revealing the contents of the enduring envelope whereas, says Ilker Çatak, the Academy of Oscars requested him to ship a recording of his voice to ensure his identify was pronounced appropriately. “I cried with rage,” mentioned Ilker Çatak. My peasant grandfather discovered to learn and write when he arrived in Germany and now his grandson will symbolize Germany on the Oscars. It may have been an awesome instance of profitable integration to distinction with “foreigners out!” that the AfD roars. It may encourage younger folks from immigrant backgrounds. » Furious, this 40-year-old man, born in Berlin, and who studied cinema in Hamburg, acknowledges that this nomination allowed him to know that he’s nonetheless thought-about a foreigner in Germany.