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16 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Apple

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Upstream Color

The Sundance Film Festival starts this week (we’ve just finished weatherising our Damon Wise for the event; think the rebel base on Hoth if you need a visual) but already one of the most anticipated movies is Primer director Shane Carruth’s first film in nearly a decade, Upstream Color. In advance of the premiere, Carruth and co have put out a new trailer, available over at Apple.

While most of the details are being kept under wraps for now, the basic synopsis of the movie reads thusly: “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.”

Beyond that, all we have is a cast list, with Carruth appearing alongside Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Seimetz, Juli Erickson, Frank Mosley and Mollie Milligan.

It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker keeping so much close to his chest, but that’s not all Carruth is doing this time around. Disheartened by the treatment Primer received, he’s decided to self-distribute the new film, kicking off at Sundance with a European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, before a US release starting April 5 in New York and VOD in May.

"As a filmmaker, you try to make a compelling case for an audience to stick around minute by minute with what is on the screen,” Carruth says in a release picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. “By also crafting the marketing, we’re still doing that, still storytelling, but we’re trying to make a case for an audience to show up. Hopefully for viewers, framing the film this way and staying true to the film’s intent makes it a bit more of an intimate relationship." 

Primer was much lauded critically and has been quietly very influential on sci-fi and indie drama since; let's hope that its cult reputation makes this one an even bigger success.


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Gonna be a good year for sci-fi films
Primer was an awesome little film and showed that great sci fi films didn't have to be big budget blockbusters. Been waiting for Shane Carruth to dazzle us again and this looks like it's not going to disappoint. More

Posted by Popcorn Required at 21:48 on 16 January 2013 | Report This Post

I really enjoyed Primer
But I didn't understand any of it :) More

Posted by chris wootton at 14:06 on 16 January 2013 | Report This Post

I hope this lives up to expectations....
I was a massive fan of Primer and have been waiting for Carruth to make another film but from the evidence at hand, this just looks overly artsy. I hope I'm wrong. The immediacy and naturalism of Primer went along way to making it the great film it was. Lets hope this doesnt disappear up its own arse. I remember after Primer there were rumours he was going to make something historical based on the Silk Trade - it obviously got ditched at some point. Fingers are crossed for this. Will it actua More

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