Director Shane Carruth blew audiences minds with the genius time travel sci-fi flick Primer, and now it would appear he is about to do it all over again with his latest film, Upstream Color. The film will have its premiere at Sundance in January as part of the US Dramatic competition, and after releasing a couple of stills, poster and brief synopsis for the film, the first bit of footage has arrived by way of a teaser trailer.
I don’t want to say too much as the trailer is quite brilliant: it is intriguing, hypnotic and menacing and really doesn’t give much away at all. In fact all it does give away is the Upstream Color looks stunning. Hearing the main character tell us his head is made out of the same material as the Sun is interesting enough, but when the bizarre visuals kick off, it is clear the director has something ultra special up his sleeve. Add to that some disorientating music and sound effects and we have a stunning minute of head scratching brilliance. It is also clear he had a much bigger budget to work with here than with his debut film, so I would expect big things from this!
Shane Carruth both writes and directs Upstream Color, and the film sounds anything but mainstream. Carruth also appears in the film alongside Amy Seimetz (“The Myth Of The American Sleepover”), Andrew Sensenig (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) and Thiago Martins(“City Of God”).
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
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