With its Sundance premiere imminent — with a recently announced Berlinale screening to follow — a hypnotic full trailer has been released for Shane Carruth’s hotly anticipated new film Upstream Color. Following last month’s eerie teaser, this new trailer showcases some beautiful and intimate new footage while cleverly revealing nothing significant about the story. However, we now have a synopsis courtesy of the L.A. Times:
A young woman (Amy Seimetz) is abducted and seemingly brainwashed via an organic material harvested from a specific flower. She later meets a man (Carruth) and after the two fall for each other, they come to realize he may also have been subjected to the same process.
Not content with simply reprising his many roles as director, writer, producer, cinematographer, composer, co-editor and actor, Carruth is also handling distributor responsibilities with Upstream Color — presumably as a frustrated result of trying to get his ambitious sci-fi project A Topiary made following Primer. He explains:
“Everything about the choice to do the distribution is about contextualizing… I get to continue narrating through marketing, releasing teasers and artwork that you could make the case aren’t the most commercial ways to sell this but they absolutely are in tune with the way I think of the film and what I want to communicate.”
This film remains one of my most anticipated of 2013, and I will be keeping an eager eye on reactions from Sundance over the next couple of weeks.
Upstream Color screens at Sundance and Berlinale before opening April 4 in the US. Watch the new trailer below (via The Playlist).