Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A Teacher explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment. (Dir. by Hannah Fidell, 2013, USA, 75 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Festivals: Sundance, SXSW
About Hannah Fidell
Hannah Fidell is a director, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn and was recently named one of Filmmaker magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Two of her short films, The Gathering Squall and Man & Gun, screened at SXSW in 2012. A Teacher, which she wrote, directed, and co-produced with Kim Sherman, is her first feature film. In May, Fidell attended the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, where A Teacher was awarded the U.S. In-Progress Grand Prize.