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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years

Potentially filling Sundance’s quota for difficult relationships, Hannah Fidell (profiled in our IONCINEPHILE series) will have moved from the heated, self-deprecating rapport between prof and student in A Teacher (selected for the NEXT section in 2013) to a tumultuous, uphill/downhill portrait of couplehood in 6 Years. Reunited with cinematographer/filmmaker Andrew Droz Palermo (Rich Hill), this Austin shot drama has benefitted from the extra time in post-production as it was shot in March of this year and we’re sure glad she didn’t waste much time between projects. Younglings Taissa Farmiga (see on set pic above) and Ben Rosenfield (last year’s Song One) topline the feature, while Sundance regular Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Lafleur, Peter Vack and Lindsay Burdge (who has appeared in Fidell’s We’re Glad You’re Here (2010) and of course toplined A Teacher) are the supporting players.

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.

Production Co./Producers: Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, Arts+Labor’s Andrew Logan (Hellion). Executive Producing: Duplass Bros.

Prediction: The U.S. Dramatic Competition is a logical fit and betcha bottom dollar that SXSW programmers would want to get their hands on this as well.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Submarine & ICM (domestic/international)

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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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