The Teacher (2016 film)

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The Teacher
The Teacher 2016 poster.jpg
Directed by Jan Hřebejk
Written by Petr Jarchovský
Release date
Running time
102 minutes
Country Slovakia
Czech Republic
Language Slovak

The Teacher (Slovak: Učiteľka) is a 2016 Slovak-Czech drama film. It premiered at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,[1] where Zuzana Mauréry received an award for the best actress.[2]


The film is set in 1983. Mária Drazdechová becomes a teacher at a suburban school near Bratislava. She uses her position to blackmail parents of her students to get benefits from them. Students whose parents disobey are bullied and given bad grades. The head teacher is afraid to intervene as Drazdechová is Chairperson of the school Communist Party branch. One of Drazdechová's students attempts suicide as a result of Drazdechová's bullying. This induces the school principal to call the parents for a meeting about a petition to remove Drazdechová from the school. There are parents whose children were bullied by Drazdechová and others who support her. Most of the parents are afraid of Drazdechová's connections and do not want to sign. The meeting ends in failure as only three families sign. It seems that Drazdechová won, but some families then change their mind and return to sign the petition. This results in Drazdechová being removed from school.

In 1991, two years after Velvet Revolution Drazdechová becomes a teacher once again. The film concludes with the same scene which it started - Drazdechová asks all her students about their parents' jobs. The only difference is that a portrait on a wall is of Václav Havel, not Gustáv Husák.[3]


  • Zuzana Mauréry as Mária Drazdechová
  • Zuzana Konečná as Kučerová
  • Csongor Kassai as Kučera
  • Tamara Fischer as Danka Kučerová
  • Martin Havelka as Binder
  • Éva Bandor as Hana Binderová
  • Oliver Oswald as Filip Binder
  • Peter Bebjak as Václav Littmann
  • Richard Labuda as Karol Littmann


  1. ^ "Ve Varech zabojují Němcův Vlk z Královských Vinohrad a Hřebejkova Učitelka". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Česká televize. "Prestižní soška pro Zuzanu Mauréry". ČT24. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jan Hřebejk Čechům a Slovákům: "Vzbuřte se!" | 5. 7. 2016 | Jan Čulík | Britské listy". Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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