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Trailer Watch: Shane Carruth's Gorgeous, Enigmatic Sundance and Berlinale Entry 'Upstream Color'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 15, 2013 at 2:44PM

A dazzling, enigmatic new trailer for Shane Carruth's Sundance entry "Upstream Color," which has also been selected for New Directors/New Films, has landed.
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Amy Seimetz in 'Upstream Color'
Amy Seimetz in 'Upstream Color'

A dazzling, enigmatic new trailer for Shane Carruth's Sundance entry "Upstream Color," which has also been selected for New Directors/New Films, has landed. The film is the director's first in almost a decade, following his sensational 2004 feature debut "Primer," which won the Alfred P. Sloan and Grand Jury Prizes at the Park City fest.

It was also announced today that "Upstream Color" will screen at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Carruth will self-distribute the film via his company erpb in April. The director stars alongside Amy Seitmetz.

The trailer offers a plethora of arresting images and raises many questions. Here is the synopsis via Sundance:

Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

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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.