Germany • d: Ilker Çatak • PG-13 • 1h 34m • English subtitles

The winner of numerous German Film Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actress, Screenplay and Editing), Ilker Çatak’s nerve-wracking drama (he wrote the script with with Johannes Duncker) follows a new teacher (a mesmerizing Leonie Benesch) as she attempts to get to the truth behind a series of alleged robberies at her school. Irked by how quickly others blame a Turkish student, she takes matters into her own hands. But that only sets off a cascade of school wide crises. Çatak and director of photography Judith Kaufmann create a vivid sense of place, perfectly capturing the antiseptic awkwardness of school life for both teachers and students. But then he twists the screws—narratively, emotionally, and stylistically—until what emerges is an allegory of paranoia, surveillance, institutional failure. Even the best of intentions can fray the social fabric.

About the Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 49 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world’s greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride “the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals,” while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was “the world’s best festival.”

About Telluride By The Sea

The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience—packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds.

Fri., 9/15 • 7pm • The Holdovers
Sat., 9/16 • 12:30pm • The Teachers’ Lounge
Sat., 9/16 • 3pm • The Promised Land
Sat., 9/16 • 7pm • Poor Things
Sun., 9/17 • 12pm • Fallen Leaves
Sun., 9/17 • 2:30pm • Anatomy of a Fall
Sun., 9/17 • 6:30pm • American Symphony

Telluride by the Sea Weekend Sponsor
Media Partner