Director Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of Fire) creates a unique and stylized portrait of the American education system through the eyes of substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry wanders in and out of students’ lives, imparting knowledge where he can in the short time he has with them. When a new assignment places him at a failing public school, Henry's insular world is slowly exposed by the teachers, students and administrators he meets. Kaye has molded a contemporary vision of people who become increasingly distant from others while still feeling the need to connect. Written by Carl Lund, the film features an ensemble cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen and newcomers Betty Kaye and Sami Gayle. The film was produced by Paper Street Films (Happythankyoumoreplease) and Kingsgate (The Hurt Locker).
The film will make its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 25, 2011.
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