Nov 8-12, 2018

Kindergarten Teacher

Run Time: 119 minutes Israel Language:


Nadav Lapid’s expertly crafted film tells the story of a teacher who becomes at first enchanted and ultimately consumed by the poetic genius of her five-year-old student. As the titular protagonist, Nira, discovers her young student, Yoav, has an otherworldly talent for language and poetry, she becomes interested in cultivating his gift. Nira’s fascination progressively morphs into obsession and, in an attempt to protect his talent, she pushes the boundaries of her relationship with the boy and his family.

Following his critically acclaimed debut Policemen, Lapid demonstrates the aesthetic vision of a true auteur, combining a vérité approach with a thrilling cinematic narrative that brings into sharp focus the dangers of both mediocrity and passion.

Lapid’s thrilling use of the camera, the way his unbalanced frame and his imaginative staging work with the precision of his story, results in something new and genuinely unnerving.

– Blige Ebiri, Vulture

Outreach Partner: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

Film Details

Israel, 2014
Directed by Nadav Lapid
Written by Nadav Lapid
Cinematography Shai Goldman
Editing by Era Lapid
Music by Michael Emet
Cast: Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz

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