A Night in the Kindergarten
[Noc W Przedszkolu]
by Rafał Skalski
cowritten with Marek Baranowski
shot in 2022
produced by: Maciej Kubicki — Telemark (Poland)
released on Netflix Original in December 2022
The parents’ kindergarten council meets to rehearse for a Christmas play they organize for their kids. Unexpectedly, Eryk, who dates the mother of 5-year-old Tytus, one of the preschoolers, shows up at the meeting, being its only childless participant.
During the rehearsal, Eryk discovers a secret plan of charismatic Justyna, who intends to convince most of the parents to expel Tytus from the kindergarten. The council’s meeting turns into a “court trial” over the naughty 5-year-old. Eryk decides to defend the boy, whom he doesn’t like. At first, he defends the kid for selfish reasons, but then he destroys the bizarre network of parental relations in the kindergarten and gets ready to become a parent.
A NIGHT IN THE KINDERGARTEN is Poland in a nutshell, seen through the lens of stressed parents and one aspiring stepfather, who accidentally steps into the middle of parental hell.