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Učitelka (The Teacher)
Politics and education collide in this powerful and compelling Slovak-language drama (which has its shrewd moments of comedy). Set in Bratislava in the early 1980s just as communism is in its final period, local communist party boss and teacher Comrade Drazdechova (the impressive Zuzana Mauréry) tells her pupils to explain about their parents and then uses her relationship to manipulate them – and the children - for her own devices. It is a shrewdly dark story elegantly told by director-writer pairing of Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovsky, who intelligently use the teacher’s machinations to reflect a complex and dark political period.
2016 / Slovak dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 102 mins
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: GCC Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References, Coarse Language, Male Nudity and Violence
Director: Jan Hřebejk
Producer: Tibor Búza, Zuzana Mistríková, Katerina Ondrejková, Lubica Orechovská
Scriptwriter: Petr Jarchovský
DOP: Martin Ziaran
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Composer: Michal Novinski
Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Éva Bandor, Peter Bebjak, Monika Certezni, Tamara Fischer