The Kindergarten Teacher

Nadav Lapid - Israel - 2015



January 29th, 2016


Nira, an amateur poet and teacher of a kindergarten in Tel Aviv, lives in a world that does not appreciate the artistic expression and where sensitive souls do not stand a chance. When one of his students, 5 year old Yoav, recites a surprising unrequited love poem, Nira digs a little and realizes that those verses are entirely of his own making. Stunned and motivated by what the child writes, she decides to stimulate and protect his talent, trying to save him from the banality and mediocrity of their society. She then establishes a special connection with the boy, generating a destructive relationship due to her questionable actions. This is the story of a “Don Quixotic” woman who embarks on saving her culture through the poetry of a reflective child who has no desire to be saved.



Director: Nadav Lapid

Cast: Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Gilad ben David, Ester Rada, Guy Oren,Yehezkel Lazarov, Dan Toren, Avishag Kahalani

Cinematography: Shai Goldman

Script: Nadav Lapid

Producer: Pie Films / Haut et Court / Arte France Cinéma

Country: Israel

Year: 2014

Genre: Drama

Running time: 120 min.


2014: Sevilla Film Festival: 2nd Best Film