The Teacher

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    The Teacher

    Učiteľka

    Directed by

    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic

    2016

    102 min

    • Slovak

    Drama

    Busan IFF

    The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting. Allegations have been made against a seemingly empathetic, kind, and amiable-looking teacher named Mrs. Drazděchová, claiming that she uses her students to manipulate their parents into providing her with minor handyman assistance, unearned material comforts, and even a love affair. Will any of the families oppose the unscrupulous teacher or will her unwritten system continue to hold sway?

    Awards

    • Best Actress (Zuzana Mauréry) - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Commendation (SIGNIS Award) - Hong Kong IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Zuzana Mauréry
    Csongor Kassai
    Zuzana Konečná
    Tamara Fischer
    Martin Havelka
    Screenplay
    Petr Jarchovský
    Cinematography
    Martin Žiaran
    Editing
    Vladimír Barák
    Music
    Michal Novinski
    Sales
    LEVELK
    Production
    PUBRES
    Production
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    Press

    Hrebejk has always been an exceptional director of actors and his latest, though in Slovak rather than Czech (the two are mutually intelligible), is no exception.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Jan Hřebejk

    Jan Hřebejk

    Czech Republic

    Jan Hřebejk (b. 1967, Prague) is one of the Czech Republic’s most prolific and versatile film directors. He has also directed for the stage since 1997 (one of his most talked-about productions was Bullets over Broadway). His debut BIG BEAT (1993) won the very first Czech Lion Awards for Best Picture and Best Direction. COSY DENS, which competed at KVIFF in 1999, and PUPENDO (2003) feature among the biggest hits of post-revolution Czech cinema. Hřebejk was nominated for an Academy Award for the war tragicomedy DIVIDED WE FALL (2000), and received another Czech Lion for Best Director. Since filming KAWASAKI'S ROSE (2009), he has opted for more weighty moral and social themes. Two of his films have been in the main competition at Karlovy Vary in the past decade: BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (2006, Special Jury Prize) and HONEYMOON (2013, Best Director).