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Narrative Feature | USA | 2018 | English | 97 minutes

Writer/director Sara Colangelo (LITTLE ACCIDENTS, HIFF 2014 and Screenwriters Lab 2013) returns to HIFF with her prize-winning sophomore feature. Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER follows Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a Staten Island teacher who accidentally discovers her young student’s prodigious gift for poetry. Desperately seeking her own creative recognition, Lisa’s fascination with the boy quickly unravels into an all-encompassing fixation. Anchored by Gyllenhaal’s fearless performance, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is an electrifyingly unpredictable morality tale about the precarious line between protection and obsession.

The Opening Night screening at Guild Hall will be preceded by the presentation of the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award to Alan Alda.

> A Conversation with Maggie Gyllenhaal