As mystifying as his 2004 sci-fier, Primer, albeit for entirely different reasons, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking. It’s also a poem about pigs, a meditation on orchids, a cerebral-spiritual love story, an intensely elliptical sight-and-sound collage, and perhaps a free-form re-interpretation of Thoreau’s Walden. Surely the most challenging dramatic entry at Sundance this year, this unapologetically avant-garde work regards conventional narrative as if it were a not-especially-interesting alien species; the mainstream will take no notice, but adventurous auds are in for a strange and imaginative trip. more »
Shane Carruth's Upstream Color and Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell are among the initial selections unveiled Wednesday for the 2013 New Directors/New Films series. Both films are playing at the Sundance Film Festival which begins Thursday. The seven announced today hail from seven countries.
The writer/director/star of 2004's Primer (and, eerily, NOTHING ELSE!!!!) is bringing his secretive new project to Sundance next month. (Between this and Zal Batmanglij's The East, the Sundance team should seriously consider rechristening the 2013 Fest as "Paranoid Futurists Hit The Slopes!")
Sundance 2013 Images: 'Fruitvale,' Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color,' Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck In 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'
The first wave of Sundance 2013 programming has been unveiled (find the full list of U.S. and World narrative and documentary titles, plus the NEXT line-up, here) along with some intriguing first images from films like David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as 1970s outlaw lovers, and Primer director Shane Carruth's sophomore film Upstream Color.