Writer/director Hannah Fidell emerged from Sundance 2013 as a filmmaker to follow with her unsettling May-December drama “A Teacher.” Her next film, “6 Years,” also turns on a twisty relationship—though one far less taboo than the teacher-student bond seen in her debut.
Premiering in South by Southwest’s narrative competition slate this March, “6 Years” stars promising youngsters Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) as two halves of a couple who’ve been together since high school. “Bound by ideal love,” the relationship begins to “unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined,” per the fest synopsis.
“6 Years” reunites second-feature director Fidell with her brave “A Teacher” lead Lindsay Burdge, with indies Joshua Leonard and Peter Vack also starring.
We see a lot of these indie, young love stories at festivals (Sundance was glutted with them this year). But Fidell, as we’ve already seen, has such sureness of vision and tone, confidently eliciting strong performances, that hopes are high for this one.
(If you haven’t seen “A Teacher,” it’s streaming on Netflix.)