Netflix Acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal Drama, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

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The Kindergarten Teacher | Maggie Gyllenhaal

Netflix announced on Thursday that they have acquired all rights in the US and Canada for the film, “The Kindergarten Teacher.”

The drama premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Sara Colangelo won the Directing Award for US Dramatic Feature.

In “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as the eponymous teacher, Lisa. Lisa is unhappy with her life, bored with her marriage, and looking for something to stimulate her emotionally and creatively. She finds that in one of her young students, Jimmy (Parker Sevak), when he inadvertently reveals himself as a gifted poet. This revelation gives Lisa something new on which to focus her energy, but her interest soon devolves into instability and obsession as she attempts to nurture his talents.

The film also stars Rosa Salazar (“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Anna Baryshnikov (“Manchester by the Sea”).

In addition to directing, Sara Colangelo also wrote the script. It was adapted from an Israeli film of the same name by Nadav Lapid. Colangelo made her feature debut with “Little Accidents” in 2014. That film also premiered at Sundance, and was a broader work from a short film she had previously directed. That film also earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for First Screenplay.

You can read our Sundance Review of “The Kindergarten Teacher” here.

The film was financed and co-produced by Pia Pressure, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Manhattan Productions, and PaperChase Films.

Netflix has not announced a release date, but the film is expected sometime in 2018.

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