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Bohdan Sl¡ma



Status: Completed

Director(s): Bohdan Sl¡ma

Main cast: Pavel Liska, Zuzana Bydzovsk¡, Ladislav Sediv½

Short synopsis : A young teacher takes a job at a rural school, and befriends a woman and her 17-year old son. His jealous ex-boyfriend visits and realizes that the teacher harbors a secret passion for the boy. A powerfully acted drama of desire, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the acclaimed director of ”Something Like Happiness”.

Long synopsis : 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. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted, profoundly moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the internationally-acclaimed director of ”Something Like Happiness” and ”Wild Bees”.


  • Pavel Liska, Zuzana Bydzovsk¡, Ladislav Sediv½, Marek Daniel, Tereza Vor­skov¡, Cyril Drozda


  • Producer(s): Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Petr Oukropec, Pavel Strnad
  • Director(s): Bohdan Sl¡ma
  • Screenplay: Bohdan Sl¡ma
  • DP: Divis Marek
  • Editing: Jan Danhel
  • Original Music: Vladim­r God¡r
  • Set Design: Martin Micka, V¡clav Nov¡k, Petr Pistek
  • Original Title: COUNTRY TEACHER
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production date: 2008
  • Language: Czech
  • Duration: 113 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • Sound Info: Dolby5.1
  • Venice Film Festival 2008
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2008
  • Reykjav­k International Film Festival 2008
  • Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2008
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2008
    Award(s) : Best Actress & Best Cinematography
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2008
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2008
  • Haifa International Film Festival 2009
  • Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival 2009
  • CINEMANIA French Film Festival 2009
  • Transilvania International Film Festival 2009