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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Mike Cahill’s I: Origins

Fans of Mike Cahill’s feature, Special Jury Prize winning debut Another Earth (Sundance ’11) were elated when it was announced that Cahill and Brit Marling would re-team for I: Origins. Safe to say that Cahill’s sci-fi drama starring Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (and a strong supporting cast) is well prepped for a festival preem in Park City — production ended in April this year in NYC and we think what will be served up is the early dark horse candidate for the festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize.

Gist: This connects the lives of the most unlikely people from around the globe. One doctor on the brink of a scientific discovery which will have historical ramifications, travels in search for the one person, a young girl, who can prove or disprove his theory. The story follows the incredible journeys which bring these strangers together, and proves there is no separating matters of science and matters of the heart.

Production Co./Producers: Cahill, Verisimilitude’s Hunter Gray & Alex Orlovsky

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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