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Taissa Farmiga & Ben Rosenfield Find Common Ground in Hannah Fidell’s Latest

Technically her sophomore point fifth of a feature (65-minuter We’re Glad You’re Here precedes A Teacher) which has amusingly gone by a vast array of titles (follow the social media folks for a visual clapboard round-up), Hannah Fidell (featured IONCINEPHILE of the month) has been cooking up her latest since the spring and now we’ve got official word on the make-up of the cast in the currently untitled project — a drama which will surely hit Sundance next year. Deadline reports that Taissa Farmiga (of Higher Ground fame) and Ben Rosenfield share the lead, while Joshua Leonard, Peter Vack, Jennifer Lafleur and three times a charm Lindsay Burdge are part of the supporting cast in what sounds like a psychological roller-coaster ride for a couple that are nearing the end of college — sort of the anthesis of the grown up portion in Linklater’s Boyhood. Kelly Williams and Jonathan Duffy (whom we both featured back in January for the Sundance preemed Hellion) are producing with Andrew Logan. Mark Duplass is executive producing.

Gist: The film tells the story of Mel (Farmiga) and Dan (Rosenfield), a young couple as they face of a series of volatile events as they near the end of college.

Worth Noting: Fidell once again teamed with dp, and now Rich Hill docu helmer Andrew Droz Palermo on this project.

Do We Care?: I’m a fan of what I describe as Fidell’s mean streak — her apathetic/sympathetic view of Burdge’s character in A Teacher. We’re hoping for an in-your-face portrait and harsher climax.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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