The Teacher

Zuzana Maurery gives an award-winning performance as an unscrupulous school teacher in this crowd-pleasing dark comedy set in Communist era Czechoslovakia.

Politically connected Maria Drazdechova's (Maurery) arrival at a school quickly leads to competitive sucking up. By carefully noting the professions of her students' parents, the unscrupulous teacher has a directory of services available to her: household repairs, free haircuts, grocery shopping and even the international smuggling of baked goods are all services required by Maria in exchange for favouritism. But some parents are unable, or unwilling, to give, setting the scene for a conflict between those who have acquiesced and those who resist. Hřebejk (Cosy Dens, SFF 2000; Divided We Fall, SFF 2001) is in top satirical form and uses this microcosm to make cutting points about society at large.

A surefire crowd pleaser… Maurery handles her character, a nasty piece of work to be sure, with such natural aplomb that she makes Mrs Drazdechova not only perfectly credible but pretty scary too. – Dan Fainaru, ScreenDaily

Zuzana Maurery (named best actress at Karlovy Vary) tears into the part of a lifetime as a terrifying instructor who heads the local Communist party and uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit. [An] intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser. – Alissa Simon, Variety

Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 23 - 25: Tickets also available for The Teacher at TFF Newcastle.


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Jan Hřebejk

Slovakia, Czech Republic

102 mins

Slovak with English subtitles




Petr Jarchovský

Tibor Buza, Zuzana Mistrikova, Lubica Orechovska

Martin Žiaran

Vladimír Barák

Zuzana Maurery, Csongor Kassai, Peter Bebjak

Festival Award Winners, Features, Comedy, Politics & Economics

Distributor: Palace Films