A Teacher

Hannah Fidell‘s A Teacher didn’t get quite the acclaim or attention that Fruitvale Station or The Spectacular Now rdid at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it got some buzz nonetheless thanks to its scandalous premise, fine performances, and pared-down style. Now, it’s also getting a TV show.

Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, and Michael Costigan are set to executive produce an HBO drama based on Fidell’s film, with Fidell herself on board to write, executive produce, and possibly direct the pilot. Shameless (U.K.) showrunner Daniel Brocklehurst will also write and executive produce. Get more details on the series after the jump.

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A Teacher

Whenever news breaks that a female teacher has been caught sleeping with her male student, as happens every so often, reactions tend to run one of two ways: Either she’s the seductive villain preying on a poor innocent boy, or he’s the lucky kid who got to bang a hot older lady. To the people actually involved, though, it’s no doubt far more complicated.

Writer-director Hannah Fidell attempts to explore that murky area in between with A Teacher, an intimate character study that premiered as part of Sundance’s NEXT slate earlier this year. Lindsay Burdge plays lonely Diana, who falls into an affair with her teenage student Eric (Will Brittain). Though they’re well aware of the dangers, she can’t help herself from falling deeper into the situation. Hit the jump to watch the new teaser.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we chum the waters with fish lips, get taken advantage of by our high school English teacher, notice the voices in our heads and rubber balls hitting the ground, get the hell out of Divine’s way, tag anything with a surface and watch a truly terrible comedy out of the UK.

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