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La salle des profs d'İlker Çatak l'emporte aux Prix du cinéma européen de la critique latino-américaine


- Ces tout nouveaux prix, organisés par l'European Film Promotion en collaboration avec le Festival de Guadalajara, ont pour fonction de mettre en avant le cinéma européen en Amérique latine

La salle des profs d'İlker Çatak l'emporte aux Prix du cinéma européen de la critique latino-américaine
La salle des profs d'İlker Çatak

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After the European Parliament's LUX Audience Award (see the news), İlker Çatak’s The Teachersʼ Lounge [+lire aussi :
interview : İlker Çatak
interview : Leonie Benesch
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has won the first Latin American Critics’ Award for European Films, organised by European Film Promotion (EFP).

The announcement was made on the evening of 9 June during the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which runs until 15 June. Although director İlker Çatak was unable to attend, owing to commitments on his current film project, he expressed his gratitude in a heartfelt message: “It’s a great honour and a great pleasure to have received this award. I am very happy that the film is screening in Guadalajara, and I hope that it will hit theatres very soon in Latin America.”

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The Teachers’ Lounge tells the story of Carla Nowack, portrayed by Leonie Benesch (a European Shooting Star in 2023), a young and idealistic teacher navigating the challenges of her first job. The film delves into societal and behavioural issues outside the classroom, addressing themes such as prejudice, racism, disinformation, and surveillance. Co-written by Çatak and Johannes Duncker, the drama premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section and has since garnered multiple accolades, including five German Film Awards and the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film at the Berlinale. Produced by if… productions and sold internationally by Be For Films, the film was also Germany's entry and one of the five nominees for the Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.

EFP managing director Sonja Heinen congratulated Çatak on the win, attributing the film's success to its universal themes, outstanding direction, and Leonie Benesch’s remarkable performance. She also extended gratitude to the 33 film critics from 13 Latin American countries who formed the jury, as well as the Guadalajara Film Festival for hosting the award.

Estrella Araiza, managing director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, expressed enthusiasm for the new award, highlighting its role in fostering a dialogue between Latin American and European cinema. “This synergy connects the Latin American perspective with European stories and modes of filmmaking, which represents a magnificent opportunity for establishing an enriching dialogue between two regions,” Araiza stated.

The Latin American Critics’ Award aims to enhance the visibility and circulation of European films in Latin America, thanks to the support of national film promotion institutes. Media partners for the award include LatAm cinema and Cineuropa.

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