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The Country Teacher (2008) More at IMDbPro »Venkovský ucitel (original title)

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The Country Teacher -- Petr (Pavel Liska) arrives in a country town to teach natural sciences at the local elementary school.

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Director:
Writer:
Bohdan Sláma (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town.... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Escaping Towards Reality See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Pavel Liska ... ucitel Petr Dolezal
Zuzana Bydzovská ... statkárka Marie
Ladislav Sedivý ... Chlapec
Marek Daniel ... Prítel

Tereza Vorísková ... Beruska
Cyril Drozda ... Reditel skoly
Marie Ludvíková ... Reditelová
Zuzana Krónerová ... Matka
Miroslav Krobot ... Otec
Zdena Kucerová ... Babicka
Miloslav Vokatý ... Jozin
Jaroslav Vlcek ... Jarda
Frantisek Prosek ... Sedlák
Josef Prosek ... Sedlák
Anna Vladyková ... Hospodská
Pavel Vladyka ... Hospodský
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vojtech Kotek ... Spoluzák (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bohdan Sláma 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bohdan Sláma  screenplay

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... co-producer
Thanassis Karathanos .... producer
Petr Oukropec .... producer
Pavel Strnad .... producer
Joana Vogdt .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Vladimír Godár 
 
Cinematography by
Divis Marek 
 
Film Editing by
Jan Danhel 
 
Production Design by
Martin Micka 
Václav Novák 
Petr Pistek 
 
Costume Design by
Zuzana Krejzková 
 
Makeup Department
Veronika Riehs .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pavel Cechak .... production manager
Thomas Král .... production manager: Germany
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Petr Samec .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Karina Lange .... art director: Germany
 
Sound Department
Jan Cenek .... sound
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Stephan Konken .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Mícek .... boom operator
Thomas Neumann .... sound designer
Michaela Patríková .... boom operator
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley recordist
Sebastian Schmidt .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Dolnik .... second assistant camera
Petr Dvorak .... electrician
Marek Radolf .... balloon lighting supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kristián Suda .... commissioning editor: Czech TV
 
Other crew
Guillermo J. Deisler .... production coordinator: Germany
Martin Hampel .... production assistant
Christoph Kukula .... production coordinator
Oliver Rebling .... production accountant: Germany
Martina Reková .... public relations
 

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Also Known As:
"Venkovský ucitel" - Czech Republic (original title)
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Runtime:
Czech Republic:117 min | Canada:113 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:103 min | Argentina:113 min (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Escaping Towards Reality, 10 November 2009
Author: gradyharp from United States

Bohdan Sláma wrote and directed this sensitive and tender story about public versus private views of sexuality in the Czech Republic: his gifts as an artist of cinema are formidable. He knows how to tell a story, how to create a fascinating group of characters that with little dialogue speak loudly about human rights and understanding of differences.

THE COOUNTRY TEACHER ('Venkovský ucitel') opens with a young teacher from Prague who has joined the faculty of a small country school - an environment completely at odds with the rush and high life of the city. Petr (Pavel Liska) is a quiet, withdrawn, seemingly depressed young man who immediately connects with the students in his Ntural History class. The students and community accept this new gift to education in the provinces but wonder why such a fine teacher would leave Prague. Petr finds housing in a curtained room of a meager household and begins his quiet cloistered life away from what seems to be a traumatic escape from his home in Prague. We soon learn that in Prague, Petr had problems with a relationship and his fellow teacher mother cannot understand why Petr cannot find happiness as a normal married male. He confesses to her that he is gay and his mother (and elusive father) begin to understand why Petr 'escaped'. Back in his new country home Petr makes friends with a single mother Marie (Zuzana Bydzovská) who serves as both mother and father to her 17 year old son Lada (Ladislav Sedivý), a funky lad in love with a girlfriend whom he sees as his intellectual superior. Marie hopes to attract Petr but when overtures are ignored she instead engages Petr to tutor Lada. All goes well until Petr's ex partner (Marek Daniel) visits and disrupts the environment of Petr's closeted safe life. As Petr and Lada grow in their relationship as tutor and pupil, Lada discovers he can indeed succeed academically. After a night wen the two drink too much an incident occurs that unveils Pter's growing love for Lada and Lada leaves in disgust. The world explodes for Petr but gradually his honesty as presented first to Marie and then to his faculty begins a course of healing that leads to a touching closure of the story.

The cast is first rate and capably convey the spectrum of emotions that surround this little tale of discovery. How Bohdan Sláma is able to keep his story aligned in transferring between Prague and the little county province demonstrates a sensitivity to human interaction that is equal to the finest writers and directors. In Czech with English subtitles.

Grady Harp

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