29-04-2017

FNE at Finale Plzen: The Teacher

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The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk

PLZEN: The Slovak/Czech coproduction The Teacher / Učitelka, written by Petr Jarchovský and directed by Jan Hřebejk, which premiered at this year´s Karlovy Vary IFF, screened in the main competition of the 30th Finale Plzen.

Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher's corrupted behavior and one of the students' suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school principal call the students' parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher's high connections within the Communist Party make everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?

The film has seen success both at festivals and in distribution, including Haifa, Tokyo IFF, Palm Springs and Gijon IFF. The film's sales agent, Danish company Level K, has sold The Teacher to distribution companies in more than 20 territories in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Teacher had 9 nominations for Czech Lions and 13 nominations for Slovakia’s Sun in a Net national awards.

The Teacher is a Slovak/Czech coproduction produced by PubRes in coproduction with Offside MenRTVS and the Czech Television.

Financial support was also received from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and the State Cinematography Fund, Czech Republic.

Production informatin:

Pubres
Tel: +421 2/526 342 03
www.pubres.sk

Offside Men
www.offsidemen.cz

RTVS
www.rtvs.sk

Czech Television
www.ceskatelevize.cz  

Credits:

Written by Petr Jarchovský
Directed by Jan Hřebejk
DoP Martin Žiaran
Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Peter Bebjak, Zuzana Konečná, Csongor Kassai, Attila Mokos, Éva Bandor, Martin Havelka