Liberal Arts plays at Sundance London beginning Apri 26. Click here for ticket information.
On Sunday afternoon, when writer-director Josh Radnor debuted his second feature film, Liberal Arts, to a liberally enthusiastic audience, the Eccles Theatre erupted with a sustained explosion of applause, laughter, and full-on whistles that lasted throughout the entire screening, culminating in a standing ovation. Radnor's first film happythankyoumoreplease premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Festival and took home the Audience Award. And judging by last night's screening, his follow-up appears poised to follow a similarly crowd-pleasing trajectory.
Radnor, best known for his lead role in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, wrote, directed, and stars in Liberal Arts, which follows the story of Jesse Fisher, a dejected, 35-year-old New Yorker, who returns to his college to pay tribute to his favorite professor (Richard Jenkins) who is retiring. Jesse falls for an ebullient 19-year-old student (Elizabeth Olsen) who shakes Jesse out of his slump.