Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Trailer: Upstream Color

For a while there (nearly 10 years!), it seemed that Shane Carruth, writer/director of the exceptional, mind-bending 2004 sci-fi indie Primer (sadly out-of-print here) would go by way of Charles Laughton (Night of the Hunter) and Barbara Loden (Wanda) as a filmmaker who would only end up making one film in their entire career. But that spell is now - rather excitingly - broken: Carruth's long, LONG-awaited follow-up, Upstream Color, is coming out this year and the full trailer's just popped up online. Based on its cryptic imagery and synopsis ("A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism"), it's clear Carruth hasn't gone down the route of easy-to-digest conventions again and the film could be something genuinely transcendent and original. Or maybe sophomoric, pretentious sub-Malick-ian twaddle. Colour me intrigued either way.

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