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XIa (The Eleventh Grade)
dir. Georgi Kostov
Bulgaria, 2016, 87 minutes
Bulgarian with English subtitles

European Union Film Festival
National Gallery of Canada, Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:00 pm
A huge box office success in Bulgaria, this winning personal drama is the amusing and inspiring the story of Lina, a former dancer who wants to become a literature teacher. After waiting two years to be employed by a local school, Lina is beside herself with joy when she receives a call from an elite high school. Her enthusiasm soon subsides, however, when she meets the students from the 11th grade: mean, aggressive and ignorant, they are more interested in flings, parties and drugs than gaining any sort of education. Moreover, one of their favourite hobbies is humiliating their teachers—but they may have met their match in Lina.

Énorme succès en Bulgarie, ce drame personnel est l'amusante et inspirante histoire de Lina, une ex-danseuse, qui veut devenir prof de littérature. Après avoir attendu deux ans un emploi dans une école locale, Lina est très heureuse de recevoir l'appel d'une école secondaire réputée. Son enthousiasme s'envole, cependant, quand elle rencontre les étudiants de 11e année : méchants, agressifs et malpolis, ils sont plus intéressés par les sauteries, les soirées et les drogues. De plus, un de leurs passe-temps favoris est d'humilier leurs enseignants, mais Lina n'est pas du genre à se laisser faire. 
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