同桌的守护者是一部剧情片，安納托利亞山區寄宿學校的小男生病了，同窗好友尤瑟夫四出奔波求助。經過 重重關卡才獲理會，待老師校長得知事態嚴重急召救援，又遇上積雪阻路，等 到救護車抵達，男生已奄奄一息。庫爾德族新銳導演法列卡拉漢以晃動不安的 鏡頭，透過尤瑟夫之眼，靜觀學校鐵腕管治，老師互相卸責，層層剖開男生病 重之謎。病入膏肓更是陳腐制度與壓抑環境，令孩子只能學會把友誼、純真及 感受埋藏於欺凌與謊言之下，以求適者生存。入圍柏林影展面面觀單元。
Yusuf and his best friend Memo are pupils at a boarding school for Kurdish boys, secluded in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia. When Memo falls mysteriously ill, Yusuf is forced to struggle through the bureaucratic obstacles put up by the school's repressive authorities to try to help his friend. But by the time the adults in charge finally understand the seriousness of Memo's condition and try to get him to the hospital, the school has been buried under a sudden, heavy snowfall. With no way out and now desperate to reach help, teachers and pupils engage in a blame game where grudges, feelings of guilt and hidden secrets emerge, as time ticks mercilessly on and threatens to run out.