2018 SUNDANCE Directing Award–Dramatic

Described by Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is the lead actress and co-producer of the film, as being "about a female artist who is driven crazy by the culture that she lives in," The Kindergarten Teacher follows Lisa, a kindergarten teacher of 20 years, unhappy and fed up. When the words of a 5-year-old in her class strike her, she deems the boy a poet genius, and grows obsessed with him. In the US-adaptation of Nadav Lapid’s 2015 film of the same title, Gyllenhaal expertly conveys the emotional and psychological impasses of her character.