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Sundance Pick Upstream Color Releases Short, Mysterious Trailer

Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color was recently revealed to be one of the features programmed into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. At that was just the beginning. A short trailer, lasting less than a minute, arrived on Apple’s official site courtey of the production company ERBP. And now that I’ve watcherd it, I can tell you that the movie’s about … oh, hell, I have absolutely no idea. Check it out for yourself and see if it makes any sense.

You can watch it in HD at Apple.

The reason we’re excited about Upstream Color is because Carruth’s debut film, Primer was an incredibly intelligent sci-fi drama about brainy entrepreneurs who believe they have invented a time machine. Primer has accumulated a powerful cult following over the years for its heady approach to storytelling. It’s one of those films that you have to watch multiple times, and even then, you might not totally understand it.

But Primer came out in 2004, and Carruth hasn’t directed anything since. Instead of cashing in and grabbing a cushy studio gig, he waited to direct a feature that inspired him to reach for something greater – and how can you not respect that? The IMDB page for Upstream Color says that the film follows “a man and woman (who) are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.” So yeah, it could be about anything, really, and this trailer doesn’t clear things up. But we know that Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Seimetz and Carruth, himself, are part of the cast. And we’ll hear a lot more once our Sundance coverage kicks into high gear. For now, does this trailer pique your interest?

Sean O'Connell

Managing Director at CinemaBlend. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.