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Exclusive: Watch newcomer Brit Marling own a scene in the buzzworthy sci-fi indie “Another Earth”

Exclusive: Watch newcomer Brit Marling own a scene in the buzzworthy sci-fi indie "Another Earth" (photo)

The pic earned honors at Sundance and is heading to theaters this July.

Among the best films I saw at the 2011 Provincetown Film Festival was a relatively small picture called “Another Earth,” a searing drama with a slight sci-fi bent. The movie originally screened at Sundance with honors, and was immediately picked up by Fox Searchlight with a July 22 limited release.

“Another Earth” at its core is about the concept of fate, following a young woman (Brit Marling) recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program whose life irreparably changes when tragedy strikes on the same day scientists discover a duplicate Earth hovering high above our atmosphere. Marling’s character is subsequently thrust into a quiet but charged, introspective relationship with a stranger who is unaware of her connection to him in the worst way possible.

Much in the same way Jennifer Lawrence was last year’s indie break-out, I really feel Brit Marling is on the same trajectory. The actress co-wrote the film and plays her character with such subtle energy that she draws audiences into every scene she’s in. It’s a remarkable performance for a woman with few prior credits, and she plays off her co-star William Mapother (Ethan from “Lost”) with such fevered emotion that the film becomes something of a character study of the two tragic figures.

We’ll have an in-depth interview with Brit soon on IFC.com, but in the meantime watch an exclusive clip from the film featuring the two leads.

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