THE TEACHER / Učiteľka - OPENING NIGHT

Synopsis

From Oscar-nominated director/ writer Jan Hrebejk, ‘The Teacher’ is a wildly entertaining black comedy, sprinkled with humor and irony inspired by the true story of a Communist era school teacher. Set in Bratislava in years 1983-1984, it examines the abuse of power at a high school. The film tells the story of Mrs.Drazdechova, a terrifying teacher who heads the local Communist party and uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit.

‘The Teacher’ describes a secret meeting between the school’s the head teacher and the parents of students taught by the unscrupulous educator where the divide between the teacher’s supporters and detractors are brought into focus.

Each autumn, middle-aged Comrade Drazdechova greets her new class by asking them to introduce themselves and share what their parents do for a living. She manipulates her students and their parents to provide her with favors, such as a free perm at a hairdresser and repairs to a lamp, in exchange for information regarding student assessment that ensures the compliant student’s academic success.

What ensues is that a divide is created between the parents who refuse to be manipulated and other parents who have improved their children’s grades through their unquestioning compliance with Mrs.Dradechova’s demands.

Slovakia, Czech Republic

2016, 102 min.
Category: Comedy, Drama
Rating: M – accessible but not recommended for children under 15
WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

CINEMA PARADISO | 19 OCT | 5:45 PM

TICKET INCLUDES DRINKS, FINGER FOOD, AND ENTERTAINMENT

About the director

Jan Hrebejk PictureJan Hřebejk was born on June 27, 1967, in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. The Oscar nominated director and writer are world-widely know for his movies such as Divided We Fall (2000), Cosy Dens (1999) and Loop the Loop (2004).

About the film

Director: Jan Hřebejk

Writer: Petr Jarchovský

Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Peter Bebjak, Csongor Kassai, Martin Havelka, Zuzana Konečná, Ondrej Maly, Attila Mokoš, Éva Bandor, Richard Labuda, Lukáš Pelč, Judita Hansman, Laco Hrušovský, Dušan Kaprálik, Tamara Fischer, Oliver Oswald, Jaroslav Mottl, Inka Gogálová