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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #89. Mike Cahill’s I Origins

I Origins

Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Mike Cahill
Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi

Following up on his 2011 directorial debut, Another Earth, director Mike Cahill reunites with Brit Marling and William Mapother for another philosophical sci-fi tale that sounds like a counter (or conversation piece) to Ayn Rand’s Anthem (at least in preliminary plot synopses). Cahill seems interested in melancholic allegories, and whether or not defying logic, we can’t wait to see his latest compelling tale, while the luminous Marling is always a fascinating onscreen presence (though she doesn’t share a writing credit here, as was the case with her last film with Cahill).

Gist: A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Release Date: After it’s Sundance premiere, Fox Searchlight quickly picked it up for a cool 3 million — but now the question is if they’ll dangle a carrot for future fests are wait for a platform release.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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