THE TEACHER – (UCITELKA)
Saturday, November 4, 10:20 a.m.
Monday, November 6, 12:30 p.m.
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Country: Slovakia / Czech Republic
Runtime: 103 minutes
Language: Slovak with English subtitles
In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils' grades are related to how willing their families are to help her out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher. But Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, so the parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the futures of all the families are at stake. The film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keeping the status quo.
Principal Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Csongor Kassai, Peter Bebjak, Zuzana Konečná, Tamara Fischer, Martin Havelka, Ondřej Malý, Richard Labuda, Oliver Oswald, Ina Gogálová, Monika Čertezni, Judita Hansman
Writer: Petr Jarchovsky
Producer: Tibor Buza, Zuzana Mistrikova, Ľubica Orechovska
Cinematographer: Martin Ziaran
Editor: Vladimir Barak
Music: Michal Novinski