One of the better films at Sundance this year was Another Earth, a indie science fiction film that took home the Sloan prize for best film “focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.” You can read Seth’s review here if you didn’t catch it the first time around. The summary is that it is an intelligent and thoughtful science fiction film, not as good perhaps as Moon, but certainly worth seeing.
Another Earth got picked up by Fox Searchlight and is getting a limited release in America starting July 22, and then being rolled out nationwide after that. The first trailer is below.
If the actress in that trailer looks familiar to you, that probably means you were one of the lucky people at SXSW who got to see star Brit Marling in her other thoughtful low budget indie science fiction film of the year, Sound of My Voice. She also co-wrote and co-produced both films.
I am reasonably certain that Brit Marling does not exist. She’s ethereally gorgeous, graduated as valedictorian in economics from Georgetown, and has starred in, co-written, and co-produced two of the best indie science fiction films of 2011. And what kind of name is “Brit,” anyway? That sounds like the sort of name that a fan fiction writer would give a companion for the Doctor, a companion who just happens to be perfect in every way and embodies everything a sad fan fic writer might want to be. That biography coupled with that name have convinced me that she was designed, perhaps in a laboratory, perhaps someplace more nefarious. Just because I met her briefly after a screening of Sound of My Voice doesn’t mean she actually exists. In retrospect, she clearly is a Cylon.