The Teacher



Friday, Nov. 3 at 12:10pm
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 2:05pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In a middle-school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, new teacher Maria Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurery) asks her students to stand up, introduce themselves, and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the grades the pupils earn will be determined by how willing their guardians are to helping the teacher out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other services. After one of the students attempts suicide, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher, but because Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. Using the classroom as a microcosm of life behind the Iron Curtain, “A Teacher” examines how each family must decide between standing up for what they believe in or silently maintaining the status quo. “Teachers teach, but that’s not all,” observes the LA Times. “For students they're dictators of classroom time and space, for parents they’re gatekeepers who determine their child’s future. Add a provocative twist to this eternal dynamic and the result is the exceptional ‘The Teacher.’”

102 min.

Directed by

Jan Hrebejk

Film Category

Eastern European Focus International Spotlight