“Bizarre, beautiful and deeply unsettling… often thrilling to behold” The Hollywood Reporter
Winner: Israeli Film Critics Forum – Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner: Best Israeli Film – Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner: Best Director, International Competition – Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Winner: Best Film – Seville European Film Festival
Winner: International New Talent – Grand Prize – Taipei International Film Festival
Nominated: 3 awards – Ophir Awards
Please note that this film contains scenes of nudity and sexual content.
In Nadav Lapid’s highly original and mesmerising second feature, selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, a frustrated nursery school teacher spots a five-year-old poetic prodigy and sets out to both nurture his talent and protect him from corrupting influences. As her protective instincts deliriously spiral into obsession, Avi Shnaidman’s revelatory performance touches on a tantalising ambiguity between control and innocence. Blessed with an auteur’s touch, writer-director Nadav Lapid (Policeman) has crafted a blazing confirmation of his talent.
The Guardian review “It makes for one of the most fascinating, if inscrutable films of the year.”
The New York Times review “The Kindergarten Teacher — the film as well as the character — yearns for different values, for intensity, beauty and meaning.”