ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

You have to respect a guy like . With his first film, Primer, he came roaring out of the gate with a thought-provoking, self-contained sci-fi thriller. That would be impressive in and of itself, but that feat is made all the more astonishing considering Carruth wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored, cast, and starred in his inaugural film. That's not even a complete list of all the hats we wore. There is a special kind of pride in that sort of accomplishment, and not just for the industrious filmmaker who manages it. Anyone who creates for a living has to be inspired by the idea that pouring ones heart and soul into something can and will pay off.

That being said, we haven't seen Carruth since Primer; his nine-year absence an unfathomable mystery considering his breakout success. Now, finally, he is back. His new film, Upstream Color, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. It's the story of a man and a woman struggling with the notion of identity, and trying to understand the force that keeps driving them together. If that sounds pronouncedly vague, just wait until you see the first trailer.

Once again, Carruth is taking on an unenviable number of tasks for Upstream Color. From what I can glean from the trailer, which again isn't much, it appears that Carruth is using some sort of sci-fi hook to underscore a very human drama. Nothing new for him of course, but then we still have no clue as to what the specifics of that hook may be. If nothing else, it's clear Upstream Color will feature some truly gorgeous cinematography. Without further adieu, let's take a gander at this trailer, brought to us courtesy of Giant Freakin Robot...

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