USA | 2013 | 75 minutes | Hannah Fidell
In the midst of a torrid sexual affair with one of her underage students, Austin-based high school English teacher Diana's carefully constructed life begins to unravel.
May 18, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11
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May 21, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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Taking a page from the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau controversy, director Hannah Fidell's second feature follows Diana Watts (Lindsay Burdge), an English teacher with a sordid secret. Amidst her monotonous suburban Texas existence, her only source of solace and intimacy is her torrid but meaningless sexual affair with Eric, an attractive high school senior. When the school is rocked by a similar but unrelated scandal, also involving minors and sex, Diana begins to retreat from Eric, worried that her carefully constructed life could unravel at any moment. As their affair becomes more forbidden than ever, Diana finds excitement flirting with the danger of it all. Fidell explores the emotional struggle and ultimate downfall of one woman who crosses the line and isn't sure if she can make it back over safely. Accompanied by an effectively discordant score, A Teacher rises above television melodrama and treats its topic with subtlety, sensitivity, and intelligence.
Hannah Fidell is a director-writer-producer based in Brooklyn. Recently listed on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” Fidell has made two short films, The Gathering Squall and Man & Gun, which played at SXSW in 2012.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux
|Principal Cast:||Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Jonny Mars, Julie Dell Phillips|
|Running Time:||75 minutes|
|Producer:||Kim Sherman, Hannah Fidell|
|Cinematographers:||Andrew Droz Palermo|
|Filmography:||We’re Glad We’re Here (2010)|
|US Distributor:||Oscilloscope Laboratories|
|International Sales:||Visit Films|