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Julianne Moore & Greg Kinnear Pair Up for "The English Teacher"

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 9, 2011 at 7:40AM

With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, Artina Films announced that Julianne Moore will star opposite Greg Kinnear in Craig Zisk's feature directorial debut, "The English Teacher."
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, Artina Films announced that Julianne Moore will star opposite Greg Kinnear in Craig Zisk's feature directorial debut, "The English Teacher."

Artina describes it as "the story of a beloved high school English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Linda's carefully constructed life is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright in New York. Convincing him to mount his un-produced play at the high school, Linda finds herself in the middle of more drama than she's ever known."

The screenplay is by Dan and Stacy Chariton and international sales are being handled by Kim Fox of Inferno Entertainment. Julianne Moore can currently be seen in "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

Full press release:

New York (September 8, 2011) -- Artina Films' announced today Julianne Moore will star in the sophisticated comedy, THE ENGLISH TEACHER. Greg Kinnear was also announced as joining the cast in a key role. Beginning production next month in New York, the film is produced by Naomi Despres, Robert Salerno and Matthew Chausse of Artina Films alongside Ben LeClair. The Executive Producer is Ron Curtis. The film will mark the feature directorial debut of Craig Zisk (THE BIG C, NURSE JACKIE, WEEDS). The screenplay is by Dan and Stacy Chariton. International sales are being handled by Kim Fox of Inferno Entertainment, which the company also handled Moore's THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.

The film marks the first Artina has assembled through its new financing apparatus, which includes soft money funding and an exclusive alliance with Procinvest. The structure is designed to produce three films a year in the $5 million - $25 million range. Artina Films is currently in post-production on ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton opening in December.

The film is the story of beloved high school English teacher Linda Sinclair (Moore) whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Linda¹s carefully constructed life is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright in New York. Convincing him to mount his un-produced play at the high school, Linda finds herself in the middle of more drama than she's ever known.