The bracing films of Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid are visceral, highly physical explorations of identity, belonging, and otherness informed by his own complicated relationship with his homeland. In just three features to date—the hard-hitting hostage drama POLICEMAN, the provocative psychological puzzle THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, and the delirious expat tragicomedy SYNONYMS—Lapid has established himself as one of contemporary cinema’s most arresting voices, a continually surprising artist who finds bold and unexpected ways to grapple with Israel’s fractured national consciousness.
Directed by Nadav Lapid • 2014 • Israel, France
Starring Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz
A teacher’s obsession with the poetic genius of her five-year-old student assumes increasingly unsettling dimensions in Nadav Lapid’s fascinatingly cryptic sophomore feature. As the titular protagonist,...