EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Directors Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini Talk 'Tanner Hall'

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:38
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Opening in selected theaters on September 9th is a new coming-of-age film directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini called Tanner Hall. The movie looks at a year in the life of four female boarding school students and stars a talented cast of young actors including Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Georgia King (One Day),  Amy Ferguson (Garden State), and Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), as well as veteran actors Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!), Chris Katten (Saturday Night Live), and Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy). 

IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini to discuss their new film Tanner Hall. The directing duo spoke openly about their new film; it's semi-autobiographical characters, why they chose to set it in an unspecific era, their unique directing style, friendship and Rooney Mara's audition. 

To watch what Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini had to say about Tanner Hall, please click on the video player above. 


As Fernanda (Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall, a sheltered boarding school in New England, she's faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker, Victoria (King) appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends, adventurous and sexy Kate (Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Ferguson), but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Scott) and older family friend, she decides it's finally time to take some risks. Jealous of Fernada's exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabatoge Feranda's plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes. However, as each of the girls flirts with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions, and the consequences they bring.

Tanner Hall opens in selected theaters on September 9th. 

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