Maryland Film Festival 2013 begins tonight! Over the last week, our programmers have been counting down the days to MFF 2013 by highlighting a few titles for your consideration. Here’s a last pair of programmers’ tips to welcome in the festival, two dramas that premiered at Sundance 2013: Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher; and our closing-night film, Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George.
A TEACHER (HANNAH FIDELL)
Behind closed doors, a young woman working as a suburban Texas high-school teacher risks everything for an affair with a student. As their romance grows, each new element—text messages, photographs, increasingly public meeting places—carry reckless whiffs of both excitement and danger, but also send their lives further and further out of balance. Built around remarkable lead performances by Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain, and avoiding expected beats at every turn, Hannah Fidell’s bold first feature A Teacher is a riveting psychological portrait that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
You have two chances to see A Teacher within MFF 2013, with director Hannah Fidell hosting! Read more: http://www.mdfilmfest.com/festival/film-guide/26
MOTHER OF GEORGE (ANDREW DOSUNMU)
Maryland Film Festival is proud to present as our 2013 Closing Night selection the first public screening of Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George since its premiere at Sundance in January. The story of a Nigerian couple in Brooklyn struggling to make their young marriage work while running a restaurant, Mother of George boasts gripping performances from Danai Gurira (of The Visitor, The Walking Dead, and Treme) and Isaach De Bankolé (whose distinguished filmography includes career-spanning collaborations with such directors as Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch). Also of note is the film’s gorgeous cinematography from Bradford Young (of Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, and Dosunmu’s 2011 feature Restless City), who won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography award at Sundance 2013 for his gorgeous work on both this film and David Lowery’s forthcoming Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Don’t miss Mother of George, our Closing Night film, with director Andrew Dosunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young presenting! Attendees also get access to MFF 2013’s Closing Night party! Read more: http://www.mdfilmfest.com/festival/film-guide/59