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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #37. Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher

Director/Writer: Nadav Lapid
Producer(s): TBA
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: TBA

Israel’s next big director left quite the impression on the fest circuit notably at fests such as Locarno and NYFF with Policeman (Corinth Releasing will hopefully throw this into circulation this year). The good news is, his sophomore film appears to be past the financing stages or at least receiving coin from various sources and with its unique narrative, the buzz from his previous title, I imagine it won’t be too difficult to put a cast in place in a short time span. Could be the next We Need to Talk About Kevin for the intense bond beyond mother and child.

Gist: In a world that does not appreciate artists, where sensitive souls don’t stand a chance, a poetry-loving kindergarten teacher discovers a poetic child. She decides to take it upon herself to nurture him, to save his greatness from the world, to salvage him from the banal, the mediocre and the crude – to save him from life itself. It is the story of a female Don Quixote, who strives to save the world through the poetry of a child, and of a pensive child who has no desire to be saved.

Release Date: With no cast in place, in order for us to get a glimpse of this it will need to get begin lensing fairly soon. If so, perhaps a return visit to Locarno is in the realms of possibilities.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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