The Teacher

Directed by Jan Hrebejk
Jan Hrebejk
Film Movement
103 Minutes
Slovakia, Czech Republic
Drama, Comedy
Not Rated
Screening Formats:
DCP, Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound
Theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Materials and print traffic
Erin Farrell


Czechoslovakia, 1983. Middle school teacher Comrade Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurery, Best Actress winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) greets her new students by asking each to announce what his or her parents do for a living. Soon, it becomes apparent that her pupils' grades are tied to how helpful their families can be with favors, both big and small. While this does not sit well with many parents, others are willing to play along because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party. Now, with the futures of their children at stake, each family must decide whether they are willing to maintain the status quo or stand up against the corrupt system.