Netflix just released the official trailer for the dramatic film, The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film will premiere on Netflix on October 12, 2018 and will also have a limited theatrical release.
The Kindergarten Teacher had a successful film festival run, snagging the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. It was also part of the Gala Presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film currently sits at 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with Sharon Waxman from The Wrap saying, “Gyllenhaal offers a beautifully nuanced performance full of intelligence and desperation.”
In addition to Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), the cast includes Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov (Superior Donuts), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black), and Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle). Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents) wrote and directed the 2018 release, based on a film by Nadav Lapid.
The Kindergarten Teacher was produced by Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler. The behind the scenes team includes director of photography Pepe Avila del Pino, editors Lee Percy and Marc Vives, costume designer Vanessa Porter, and production designer Mary Lena Colston.
The Plot: Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) is a kindergarten teacher in Staten Island who yearns to live a life of art and intellectualism. She takes an evening poetry class but, despite her best efforts, her work is mediocre. When she overhears Jimmy (Sevak), one of her five-year-old students, reciting an original poem in her classroom, she is floored.
Convinced he is the equivalent of a young Mozart, she becomes obsessed with the child and embarks on a dangerous journey to nurture his talent. As Lisa continues down this increasingly desperate path, she seems ready to throw away everything to chase an impossible dream.