Scene from the film The Teacher
Scene from the film The Teacher
Scene from the film The Teacher
Scene from the film The Teacher
Scene from the film The Teacher
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The Teacher

  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
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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. KVIFF

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Petr Jarchovský
  • Cast
    Zuzana Mauréry, Peter Bebjak, Zuzana Konečná, Csongor Kassai, Attila Mokos, Éva Bandor, Martin Havelka, Ondřej Malý, Ela Lehotská, Judita Hansman, Ladislav Hrušovský, Dušan Kaprálik, Richard Labuda, Tamara Fischer, Oliver Oswald a ďalší
  • DOP
    Martin Žiaran
  • Editing
    Vladimír Barák
  • Music
    Michal Novinski
  • Sound
    Jiří Klenka
  • Duration
    102 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • KVIFF - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
    • Ostend Film Festival, Oostende, Vlámsko, Belgie
    • Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland
    • BIAFF - Batumi International Film Festival, Batumi, Georgia
    • HIFF - Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, New York, USA
    • Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
    • BIFF - Busan International Film Festival, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
    • TIFF - Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokio, Japan
    • Warsaw Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
    • Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Ljubljana International Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Gijon Film Festival, Gijón, Asturia, Spain
    • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
    • Singapore International Film Festival
    • Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia
    • Dubai International Film Festival, Dubaj, UAE
    • IFFK - International Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
    • Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, California, USA
    • Chennai International Film Festival, Madras (Chennai), Tamilnád, India
    • Geneva International Independent Film Festival, Switzerland
    • Trieste Film Festival, Italy
    • Bengaluru International Film Festival, India
    • Czech Film Carnival, Budapest, Hungary
    • Glasgow Film Festival, UK
    • Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia
    • Festival de cinéma A l’Est du Nouveau, Rouen, France
    • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
    • Pantalla Pinamar, Pinamar, Argentina
    • HKIFF - Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • MFF Finále Plzeň, Czech Republic
    • NFF - Neisse - Nysa - Nisa Film Festival, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany
    • CEJ - Cannes Écrans Juniors, Cannes, France
    • TIFF - Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    • Pula Film Festival, Pula, Croatia
    • CEFFTm - Central European Film Festival Timisoara, Romania is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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