Slovakia, Czech Republic 2017
The teacher’s high connections within the Communist party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?
His career as a director was launched by the film musical BIG BEAT (1993), set in the 50s and adapted by Petr Jarchovský from a novel by Petr Šabach. In 1996, he made the children’s TV show WHERE STARS FALL which was shown in many European countries.
1999 was the year of the premiere of Hřebejk’s megahit COSY DENS, an enormously popular retro-comedy from the 60s about one historical generation. Hřebejk’s next film, DIVIDED WE FALL (2000), the story of a couple hiding a Jewish refugee in their home during World War II, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
Next was another highly successful retro-comedy, this one taking place in the eighties: PUPENDO(2003). One year later, Hřebejk returned with the bittersweet UP AND DOWN, a modern-day story that was recognised by the Czech Academy of Film and TV as Film of the Year. In between making feature films, Jan Hřebejk has directed several TV shows, documentaries, music videos, and commercials, as well as working in theatre.
2016 THE TEACHER
2012 GARBAGE, THE CITY AND DEATH
2009 KAWASAKI'S ROSE
2008 I'M ALL GOOD
2007 TEDDY BEAR
2006 BEAUTY IN TROUBLE
2004 UP AND DOWN
2000 DIVIDED WE FALL
1999 COSY DENS
1993 BIG BEAT
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Jan Hrebejk
Written by : Petr Jarchovsky
Produced by : Lubica Orechovská, Ondrej Zima, Jan Prušinovský, Zuzana Mistríková
Director of Photography : Martin Žiaran
Editor : Vladimír Barák
Production Design : Juraj Fábry
Costume Design : Katarína Štrbová Bieliková
Hair & Make up Artist : Anitta Hroššová
Composer : Michal Novinski
Sound Design : Jirí Klenka
Main Cast : Zuzana Mauréry (Mária Drazdechová)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2017