Closing Night Gala: The Kindergarten Teacher
Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island and married to a sweet but oblivious husband with kids that largely ignore her, Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching Kindergarten with growing numbness.
Her one reprieve is a night-time poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated, then obsessed, as she struggles to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarizing babysitter. She soon finds herself risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise.
'Maggie Gyllenhaal offers a beautifully nuanced performance full of intelligence and desperation. She taps into something deep about the unmet emotional needs of a woman whose life is spent putting forth energy towards others.' Sharon Waxman, The Wrap
The Foyle Film Festival Light In Motion (LIM) Short Film Awards, sponsored by City Of Derry Crystal, will be announced and presented by Vanessa Redgrave before the Closing Night Gala Screening of The Kindergarten Teacher. Followed by a reception in Martha's Vineyard.