Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1975, Lapid studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He moved to Paris before returning to Israel to take a degree at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. His debut feature film POLICEMAN won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011 while THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER featured in the 2014 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. His film SYNONYMS won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale. Lapid is a recipient of the French Order Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.