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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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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