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Los Angeles Premiere! “Close Ties” (2016, Poland, 19 min. Dir. Zofia Kowalewska) In this winner of the Silver Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival 2016, the 21-year-old filmmaker explores the tensions that rise as her grandparents struggle to cohabitate after being separated for a long time. Followed by:
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Czech That Film: THE TEACHER (UČITELKA), 2016, Czech Republic, 102 min. Dir. Jan Hřebejk. The director of the Oscar-nominated DIVIDED WE FALL returns with a refreshing look at corruption and power in a 1980s Bratislava middle school. Inspired by real-life events in Hřebejk’s life, the film follows a charismatic but cunning teacher as she turns the lives of her students and their parents into chaos. “Intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser.” – Alissa Simon, Variety. In Slovak with English subtitles. Discussion after the feature with THE TEACHER director Jan Hřebejk.