Archive of films The Teacher / Učiteľka

Slovak Republic / Czech Republic
2016, 102 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2016

The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting after it’s alleged that the seemingly empathetic and kindly-looking teacher Mrs. Drazděchová uses her students to manipulate their parents. Although this confidently-directed drama is set in the era of late Czechoslovak Normalization, the multifaceted study of pathological manipulation has universal applicability.


Synopsis

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? Featuring a snappy script, masterful performances, and assured direction, the drama presents a multifaceted study of pathological manipulation. The picture can be read as a bold contribution to the debate about the monstrosities that warped Czechoslovak society in the Normalization era, or about the post-revolution period, tainted by communism, that allowed the mechanisms of the past to take firm root. But the story, of course, has a universal application – the corrosive force of power, corruption, and human calculation hardly respects the limitations of time and space.

Martin Horyna

About the director

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).

Contacts

LevelK
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A-Company Czech s.r.o.
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Czech Republic
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Offside Men
Senovážné náměstí 10, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 222 240 770
E-mail: zima@offsidemen.cz

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
   
Director: Jan Hřebejk
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovský
Dir. of Photography: Martin Žiaran
Music: Michal Novinski
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Art Director: Juraj Fábry
Producer: Tibor Búza, Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský
Production: PubRes
Coproduction: Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Offside Men, Česká televize
Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Csongor Kassai, Zuzana Konečná, Tamara Fischer, Martin Havelka
Sales: LevelK
Contact: Offside Men
Distributor: A-Company Czech s.r.o.

Guests

Jan Hřebejk

Film Director

Ondřej Zima

Producer


Petr Jarchovský

Screenwriter, Screenwriter

Zuzana Mistríková

Producer


Vladimír Barák

Film Editor, Film Editor

Michal Novinski

Music Composer


Zuzana Maurery

Actress

Eva Bandor

Actress


Martin Žiaran

Director of Photography

Zuzana Konečná

Actress


Richard Labuda

Actor

Csongor Kassai

Actor


Peter Bebjak

Producer, Actor / Film Director

Martin Havelka

Actor


Slavomira Salajová

Co-producer

Klára Mixová

PR & Marketing


Katarína Štrbová Bieliková

Costume Designer

Martina Chvojka Reková

PR & Marketing


Silvie Michajlova

Other, Producer, Service Company Rep.

Ľubica Orechovská

Distributor, PR & Marketing, Producer


Jana Petrikovičová

Other

Tereza Keilová

Production Company


Barbora Dlabajová

Jan Kallista

Producer


Jiří Klenka

Film Crew

Erik Panák

Producer


Zeljko Sampor

Other

Roman Jordan

Other, Cinema Representative


Dušan Zbudila

Other, Cinema Representative

Radoslav Kutaš

Other


Tine Klint

Sales Agent

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