Nadav Lapid’s follow-up to his explosive debut, Policeman, is a brilliant, shape-shifting provocation in which a fortysomething teacher in Tel Aviv becomes obsessed with one of her charges, a 5-year-old poetry prodigy. A perversely romantic work whose underlying conviction seems to be that in an ugly world, beauty still has the power to drive us mad. A New Directors/New Films 2015 selection.

The Kindergarten Teacher opens here July 31 with Nadav Lapid in person for Q&As following the 6:45pm shows on Friday and Saturday.