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Film: The Teacher

Date: 22 May 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

Director Jan Hřebejk makes a guest appearance at the Avalon Theatre to screen his film "The Teacher" (Učitelka). The film centers on a teacher who manipulates her pupils' parents to get what she wants in communist times. 

The Teacher (Učitelka) 
Dir. Jan Hřebejk, 2016, 102 minutes, Slovak with English subtitles 

Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Jan Hřebejk

“The prolific Czech director-writer duo Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský return to top form with this compelling Slovak-language dramedy.” ~Alissa Simon, Variety

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tgw0s8rJiw             

Synopsis: Set in early 1980s Czechoslovakia, an elementary school principal calls an urgent meeting for parents. There are allegations that a seemingly kind teacher is using her students to manipulate their parents into providing a host of perks. Will the teacher’s cozy connections with the Communist Party keep the parents silent, or will they stand up against the corruption? Inspired by true events, this suspenseful drama reveals the strength of the human character. 

Awards: Actress Zuzana Mauréry won the Czech Lion Award for Best Actress, and the film was nominated for a Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (2016).

Czech Director Jan Hřebejk garnered an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in 2000 for his film Divided We Fall. He also received the country’s top honor, the Czech Lion Award for Best Director three times  for his films Big Beat (Sakalí léta, 1994), Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat, 2001), and Up and Down (Horem pádem, 2005). He studied at the prestigious Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) .

Event Details:

Date/Time: May 22, 2019, 8 pm 
Location: The Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets: https://www.theavalon.org/films/the-teacher-2/