Sony Pictures Classics has released the first theatrical trailer for Lone Sherfig’s period drama An Education, and in it we see the bright shining star that is Carey Mulligan.

This is one of my favorite films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, hands down. It is, by my estimation, the first genuine Best Picture contender of the year. Written by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), it tells the story of a beautiful and promising young girl (Mulligan) who abandons her promising academic life to play a dangerous game with a much older man (Peter Sarsgaard) and learns a few very hard life lessons along the way.

I will refer to my own Sundance review, where I sad that it is the “combination of great story, great attention to detail and great performances that makes An Education a truly unforgettable coming-of-age story — the kind of movie that you see at Sundance and hope to see breakthrough later in the year.”

An Education is in theaters October 9, 2009. Have a look at the first theatrical trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo Movies.

What do you think of the first trailer for An Education?

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