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The Teacher

Drama

The Teacher – Wednesday 28 February 2018
Directed by Jan Hrebejk
Czech Republic (2016) (sub-titled)
102 mins Comedy/Drama
MA15+

In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), 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 guardians are open to helping Ms. Drazdechova out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services.

After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school 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.

 

Inspired by true events, this suspenseful drama reveals the strength of the human character. It is a universal story that could happen anytime and anywhere, as long as corruption, pettiness, and selfishness still rule the world.

Reviews

“Maurery, who won the best actress award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic last year, is impressive as the thoroughly nasty Mrs D”.
David Stratton, The Australian

“A little power corrupts absolutely in this caustically clever Slovak-language dramedy from the prolific Czech director-writer team of Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky”.
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

"The Teacher benefits not only from filmmakers who join a multifaceted understanding of human nature with a fastidious control of technique and style, but also from being set in a particular time and place”.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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HITCHCOCK- MASTER OF SUSPENSE

For lovers of Hitchcock and his films, there is a fascinating evening of entertainment coming up on Saturday 15 September at 6:30pm Dr John Francis will talk about the way Hitchcock constructs suspense and manipulates fear and anxiety in his earlier movies Blackmail and Dial M for Murder and then on to Vertigo and Psycho, Ticketed event.  $60 general; $55 for Film Society members. $30 for students. Book on line or at the J box office.

 

SCREENING TIMES

Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm.  Monday screening time is 6:30pm only.  Please give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!

Diarise these Dates for 2018

September 24; October 10, 24, 29; November 14, 19, 28; December 12.