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The Kindergarten Teacher
A film by Nadav Lapid
Opens in Toronto – August 14 – Carlton Cinema
Opens in Montreal – August 14 – Cinema du Parc + Cinema Beaubien
2014 Cannes Film Festival
2015 New Directors/New Films
The Kindergarten Teacher is the story of a teacher who becomes at first enchanted, and then ultimately consumed by the genius of her five-year-old student.
As Nira (Sarit Larry) discovers that her young student, Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), has an otherworldly talent for language and poetry, she slowly and progressively becomes interested in cultivating the boy’s gift. But when fascination morphs into obsession, Nira pushes the boundaries of her relationship with the boy and his family in an attempt to protect his talent before he passes from boyhood to adolescence, and his purity is lost.
The poetry of director Navad Lapid is featured throughout the film. “Between the ages of four and a half and seven, I wrote over 100 poems, most of which I dictated to my nanny. The first was a love poem to Hagar, the older sister of my friend from kindergarten,” said Lapid. “It was presumably my heyday in terms of creativity. At seven years old I stopped, not wanting to write anymore or have anything to do with those poems. I resumed writing prose only after I was released from the army, but never a poem. My parents put my poems in a drawer and no one took them out for over 25 years. I avoided reading them altogether, until the idea formed in my mind to make this film.”
The Kindergarten Teacher stars Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Ester Rada, Lior Raz, and Yehezkel Lazarov.
About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include The Wolfpack, Best of Enemies and Tangerine.
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