In what’s sure to be one of the biggest acquisitions of this year’s Sundance, Variety reports that IFC are in final talks to pick up Liberal Arts, the sophomore directorial effort from Josh Radnor. Since it premiered a few days ago, the How I Met Your Mother star’s follow-up to — a film that, bar none, has my least-favorite title of the past decade — happythankyoumoreplease has earned some of the more complimentary notices of the entire festival — including an endorsement by us. (Don’t act like you need anything else when trying to decide if a movie’s worth your time.)
Also written by Radnor — and co-starring the newest Sundance mainstay, Elizabeth Olsen — Liberal Arts revolves around Jesse, a 30-year-old who’s “invited back to his alma mater, falls for a 19-year-old college student (Olsen) and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.” Nothing about that sounds too quirky or twee, thank God.
It’s only reasonable to expect that IFC will, as per usual, distribute the film theatrically and on VOD later this year, though more details need to come in before that’s set in stone. (Most of us at least hope that’s what happens, though; not everyone has an art house!) In the meantime, a layman like myself is primarily interested in what ways Radnor‘s grown as a filmmaker. No matter how the actual end result came out, he must be doing so in the most minimal of ways — for example, this doesn’t have a one-word, lowercase title.
Are you looking forward to Liberal Arts? Did you see Radnor’s first film, and, if so, what did you think of it?