THE TEACHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jan Hrebejk Stars: Zuzana Maurery, Marek Kucera, Tamara Fischer, Ina Gogalova, Oliver Oswald, Martin Havelka, Peter Bebjak. Bad Teacher, Czech style? The setting for this grim drama is a suburban school in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, which is a surrogate for the systemic corruption of the country. The director is prolific veteran Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk, whose 2001 Holocaust-themed drama Divided We Fall was nominated for an Oscar. He has a humanist touch as he balances droll comedy with trenchant social Continue reading

ZELARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Onrej Trojan Stars: Anna Geislerova, Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Tomas Zatecha, Jaroslava Adamova, Miroslav Donutil, Jaroslav Dusek, Iva Bittova, Ivan Trojan, Jan Hrusinsky, Ondrej Koval, Jan Triska, Juraj Hrcka, Edita Malovcic, Michael Hofbauer. Produced in the Czech republic and gorgeously filmed in the Slovakia region (the same locations used for Cold Mountain), Zelary is an epic romantic drama set against the background of the holocaust. In exploring the unlikely but ultimately tender relationship that develops between an older man and Continue reading