In Nadav Lapid’s highly original and mesmerising second feature, selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, a frustrated nursery school teacher spots a five-year-old poetic prodigy and sets out to both nurture his talent and protect him from corrupting influences. As her protective instincts deliriously spiral into obsession, Avi Shnaidman’s revelatory performance touches on a tantalising ambiguity between control and innocence. Blessed with an auteur’s touch, writer-director Nadav Lapid (Policeman) has crafted a blazing confirmation of his talent.

Awards and festivals

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Winner: Best Director, International Competition

Jerusalem Film Festival – Winner: Israeli Film Critics Forum

Jerusalem Film Festival – Nominated: Best Israeli Film

Ophir Awards – Nominated: three awards

Seville European Film Festival – Winner: Best Film

Taipei International Film Festival – Winner: International New Talent – Grand Prize

“Bizarre, beautiful and deeply unsettling”
Hollywood Reporter