The Teacher | Ucitelka
Friday Apr 13 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Part of European Cinema 2018.
Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Slovakia | Czech Reublic. 2016. 103 min. Slovak with English subtitles.
Set in 1983 Bratislava, when Czechoslovakia was under Communist rule, this film is a dark satire of the abuse of power—in a middle school. New teacher Maria Drazdechova (Zuzana Mauréry) asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils’ grades are related to how willing their parents are to grant favors. After one of the students attempts suicide, the school director has no choice but to call for an emergency parents’ meeting to remove the teacher, but because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keep the status quo.
Read the New York Times review.
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