Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Bohdan Slama's Czech drama The Country Teacher and will release in 2009.

The film follows a gay teacher whose jealous ex-boyfriend causes trouble when he arrives in town. Pavel Liksa and Zuzana Bydzovska star.

Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein negotiated the deal with Laurent Baudens of Wild Bunch.

'[Slama] has proven once again that he can get incredibly nuanced and heartfelt performance from his actors, while telling a simple yet universal story that we know North American audiences will respond to in a very positive way,' Gartenstein said.