Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ritz East
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|Director: Nadav Lapid
Countries: Israel | France
Running Time: 119 minutes
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, the second feature from award-winning Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid, is a film for poets, philosophers, dreamers, and, perhaps most of all, cinema lovers. This inventive and provocative drama is about an idealistic kindergarten teacher named Nira (the fantastic Sarit Larry) who discovers that one of her five-year-old charges, Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), is a child poet prodigy. Nira, who is an aspiring poet herself, is genuinely concerned for the child’s genius and believes that without proper nourishment, his gift will be lost. Upon learning that even Yoav’s own father is ready to squander his son’s talents, Nira’s obsession with protecting Yoav’s gift takes a surprising turn.
At once bizarre, beautiful, elusive, and unsettling, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is not like any film you have seen before, but one you will likely replay in your mind long after you’ve left the theater. Nadav Lapid is a first-class auteur who expects more from his audience than passive viewing. Each frame, composition, and spoken word is tightly controlled and thrilling to behold.
Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week 2014 and the upcoming New Directors/New Films Festival, presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Sponsored by Jan Felman and Harvey Schwartz and Nancy and Ben Shein