Jan Hrebejk / CZ, SK, 2016 / 103 min.
Bratislava, the final days of communism. Maria Drazdechova is a teacher and a fanatical party member who puts pressure on her students. Children whose parents are willing to oblige Maria – whether it is doing jobs around the house or sending a non-registered birthday cake to the Soviet Union – stand to gain. Filmmaker Jan Hrebejk’s pitch-black portrait of totally corrupt party officials is set in a typically Eastern-European absurdist tone.
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