Entertainment22 February 2018
- Netflix has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada for the Sundance Film Festival award winning The Kindergarten Teacher featuring a stand-out performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Critically acclaimed writer/director Sara Colangelo took home The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic at the recent Sundance Film Festival
- Writer and Director: Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents)
- Producers: Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman Keren (The Women’s Balcony, The Farewell Party) through their Pie Films, Trudie Styler (Moon, Girl Most Likely) and Celine Rattray under their Maven Films banner, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
- Cast: Academy Award® Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, Secretary, The Honourable Woman), Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Anna Baryshnikov (Manchester by the Sea), Michael Chernus (The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Orange is the New Black), and Golden Globe Winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Babel).
- Log line: Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who, when she discovers what may be a gifted five-year-old in her class, becomes fascinated and obsessed with the child, spiraling downward on a dangerous and desperate path in order to nurture his talent.
- The Kindergarten Teacher is a remake of the critically acclaimed Israeli film by the same name, written and directed by Nadav Lapid.
- The film was financed and co-produced by Pia Pressure, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Manhattan Productions and PaperChase Films.
- The Netflix Film is slated for release in 2018
About Sara Colangelo
Sara Colangelo is a New York based writer and director whose short films have screened at festivals around the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW. Colangelo’s debut feature, Little Accidents, had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Inspired by her short film of the same title, it explores tragedy and redemption in a modern-day American coal mining town. During its development, Colangelo was invited to the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and received support from the Annenberg Institute, the San Francisco Film Society, IFP, and Indian Paintbrush. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Sevigny, Josh Lucas, and Jacob Lofland. It was theatrically released in over fifteen U.S. cities and was subsequently nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best First Screenplay.