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Nadav Lapid’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Wins Taipei New Talent Competition

TAIPEI — Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s second feature, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” won the Grand Prize and $20,000 at the new talent competition of the Taipei Film Festival.

Portraying a special relationship built upon poetry between a precocious child and his teacher, “Kindergarten” was lauded by the festival jury as “mysterious, emotional, and compassionate.” The film earlier showcased at 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week.

A special jury prize and $10,000 were awarded to Korean-Canadian director Albert Shin’s “In Her Place,” a psychodrama about adoption stigma in Korea.

Local filmmaker Chiang Hsui-chiung’s “The Furthest End Awaits” won the Audience Choice Award.

Jury members included festival programmer Chen Mi-jiuan, Taiwanese director Hou Chi-jan, Christian Jeune from Cannes, Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Korean director E J-yong.

The 18th Taipei Film Festival runs through July 17.

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