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?
- Best Actress (Zuzana Mauréry) - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Commendation (SIGNIS Award) - Hong Kong IFF
- Zuzana Mauréry
- Csongor Kassai
- Zuzana Konečná
- Tamara Fischer
- Martin Havelka
- Petr Jarchovský
- Martin Žiaran
- Vladimír Barák
- Michal Novinski
- OFFSIDE MEN
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.
Intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser.
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).