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Watch: First Full-Length Trailer for 'Upstream Color'

You can force your story's shape

Upstream Color trailer
Photo: ERBP

You can force your story's shape, but the color will always bloom upstream.

Shane Carruth's Upstream Color will play the Sundance Film Festival on January 21 and I'm sure many will be rushing to Twitter to flash review the first film Carruth has directed since his 2004 debut, Primer.

Today ERBP has debuted the first full-length trailer for the film following a couple of short teasers giving us a lengthier look at the feature, which will be hitting theaters in April following its Sundance premiere.

Here's the description of the film from the Sundance website:

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.

Shane Carruth's sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort (his feature debut, Primer, won the Sundance Film Festival 2004 Grand Jury Prize) is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach

Check out the trailer below.

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  • Gautam

    I can't express enough how excited I am to watch this. This looks every bit Shane Carruth, but with much better production values than Primer. Hopefully it can match the cerebral intrigue of Primer.

    Brad, Are you foreseeing Best Original Screenplay nomination for either Upstream Color or Before Midnight or both at next year Oscars. I certainly am.

  • Criterion10

    Skimmed through trailer, and it looks very good. Will need to check this one out.

  • Elijah

    This movie's gonna be so polarizing, I'd love to see it in theaters since it'll probably make 10 bucks once it's released. Primer was infuriating to watch so this will be fun!

    • Gautam

      I disagree. Primer has got a cult following so expect this to make some money. Anyways production budget won't have been much.

  • Xarnis

    The cinematography in this film looks fantastic. I love movies that mess with your mind a bit, and I liked Primer, so i'll have to check this one out.

  • JeremyBaril

    Rarely watch trailers, but this one was fantastic. Gorgeous, intriguing, mysterious -- and didn't ruin it!

  • Sean Fast

    Is Shane Carruth destined to be the David Lynch of scifi?

  • Gautam

    By the way... here's a very interesting read about Shane Caruth that appeared in LA Times.,0,6953593.story

    Also, it seems the author of the article has seen the film. Without giving anything away he describes Upstream Color as ..

    With its densely layered, thematically rich storytelling, "Upstream Color" is in part about the mutual psychosis that can be an essential part of romance, the agreement of a shared madness. It's intense and hypnotically powerful, and a more intimate and moving film than "Primer." "Color" is somehow at once emotionally direct, while narratively abstract.

  • David Gaillardetz

    [Listener Question] Whatt is your approach or perspective to rating, for lack of a better word, "artsy" films (i.e. Holy Motors and others like it), movies that you leave not fully understanding but still with the feeling that you witnessed something impressive or beautiful?

    • David Gaillardetz