Netflix Picks Up Maggie Gyllenhaal's 'The Kindergarten Teacher' (Exclusive)

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Writer-director Sara Colangelo won the directing award at this year's Sundance Film Festival for the movie.

Netflix has picked up the U.S. and Canada rights to the Sundance Film Festival award-winning drama The Kindergarten Teacher, with plans on releasing the movie later this year.

The movie, which received raves for star Maggie Gyllenhaal, saw writer-director Sara Colangelo take home Sundance's directing award in the dramatic film category. It was also nominated for the festival's grand jury prize.

Gyllenhaal plays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who, when she discovers what may be a gifted 5-year-old in her class, becomes obsessed with the child, spiraling downward on a dangerous and desperate path in order to nurture his talent.

The movie is a remake of the acclaimed Israeli film by the same name, written and directed by Nadav Lapid.

Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Baryshnikov, Michael Chernus and Gael GarcIa Bernal round out the cast.

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

Gyllenhaal acted as a producer on Teacher along with Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren of Pie Films, and Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content.