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Michael Pitt to Kick Off Karlovy Vary Film Fest with 'I Origins'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2014 at 12:18PM

This year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Pitt on hand to introduce Mike Cahill's "I Origins." Fox Searchlight, which released Cahill and Brit Marling's first collaboration "Another Earth," scooped up the brainy sci-fi drama co-starring Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey at Sundance.
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I Origins

This year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Pitt on hand to introduce Mike Cahill's "I Origins." Fox Searchlight, which released Cahill and Brit Marling's first collaboration "Another Earth," scooped up the brainy sci-fi drama co-starring Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey at Sundance, where it won  this year's Alfred P. Sloan prize, which is awarded to a film pertaining to science or technology. Searchlight opens "I, Origins" stateside July 18. 

In "I Origins," Pitt plays a young scientist whose research focuses on the human eye, and who discovers an unexpected, almost mystical, link between the human body and the psyche.  

Pitt's star rose with his turn in the TV show "Dawson's Creek."  e's also collaborated with Gus Van Sant on both "Finding Forrester" and "Last Days"--the latter of which he presented at the 2005 Karlovy Vary fest.  Most recently, he appeared in "Seven Psychopaths" and on TV in "Hannibal."

The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which announced highlights of this year's lineup last week, runs from July 4-12. We'll be there. 

This article is related to: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mike Cahill, Festivals, Brit Marling


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.