The Kindergarten Teacher

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The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet)

Directed by Nadav Lapid

  • Israel, France 2014; 120 min
  • Original version: Hebrew
  • Genre: Comedy drama
    • FIPRESCI Award for Best Israeli Feature Film - Jerusalem FF
    • Best Director (International Competition) - BAFICI
    • Grand Prize (International New Talent Competition) - Taipei Film Festival


"Hagar is beautiful enough
Enough for me Enough for me
Gold rain falls over her house.
It is truly the sun of God." 

In a world that does not appreciate artists, where sensitive souls don’t stand a chance, a poetry-loving kindergarten teacher discovers a child poet and 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.

Director's Statement

Between the ages of four and a half and seven years old, I wrote around one hundred poems or, more precisely, I told them to my nanny. The first one, titled “Hagar,” was a love poem, a poem about an impossible love for the older sister of a classmate. “A Separation,” quoted at the end of the film, is one of my last. At the age of seven, I stopped writing poems. It wasn’t until the end of my military service that I began writing again, but never poetry. My parents had put my poems away in a closet and there they remained for twenty-five years, until I decided to use them for a film. THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER consequently has an obviously autobiographical dimension. But I am as much the child as I am the teacher. The anxiety, the urgency felt by the teacher when faced with the marginalization of a certain art, a sensitivity, are feelings I have experienced myself.
In THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (...) there is a female protagonist fighting against the zeitgeist. It is a film about resistance, even if the teacher has already fallen victim to ills that she wants to destroy. She is motivated by a sort of “radical purety”. As she faces lies, deceit, the dirtiness of modern times, she aspires to find an absolute truth, but to get there, she has recourse to lies and deceit and the exploitation of someone else to reach her aims."








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