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by Bohdan Sláma


A young teacher with an impressive resume takes a job teaching natural sciences at a village grammar school. He makes acquaintance with a woman and her 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but that doesn't stop them from forming a friendship. One day, the teacher's ex-boyfriend comes to visit. The ex-boyfriend quickly realizes that nobody in the village knows that the teacher is gay. He also realizes that the teacher harbors a secret affection for the 17-year old boy. His jealous actions set in motion a series of events that tests the inner strength and compassion of the teacher, the woman and her son.

international title: The Country Teacher
original title: Venkovský učitel
country: Czech Republic, Germany, France
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Bohdan Sláma
film run: 113'
release date: SK 18/09/2008, FR 01/04/2009, PL 19/06/2009, BE 15/07/2009, NL 06/08/2009, DE 27/08/2009
screenplay: Bohdan Sláma
cast: Pavel Liška, Zuzana Bydžovská, Ladislav Sedivý, Marek Daniel, Tereza Voříšková, Zuzana Kronerová, Miroslav Krobot
cinematography by: Diviš Marek
film editing: Jan Danhel
art director: Martin Micka, Václav Novak, Petr Pistek
costumes designer: Zuzana Krejzková
music: Vladimír Godár
producer: Karl Baumgartner, Petr Oukropec, Pavel Strnad, Thanassis Karathanos
production: Negativ Film Productions, Pallas Film GmbH, Why Not Productions
distributor: Asociácia slovenských filmových klubov (ASFK), Memento (FR), Gutek Film (PL), Cinéart (BE), Wild Bunch (NL), Neue Visionen (DE)


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Venice 2008 Venice Days - Giornate degli Autori

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