Just in time for Earth Day (ho ho!), Fox Searchlight released the trailer for “Another Earth,” the cerebral sci-fi film that sparked standing ovations at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Here’s IMDb’s official plot synopsis:
“On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.”
Sounds like an intriguing high concept for smart science fiction film (and it’s a gorgeous trailer), but I’m especially excited to see it because it stars and was co-written by Brit Marling, who was also the star and co-writer of another festival sci-fi hit, “Sound of My Voice.” That film, a story about a young couple who goes undercover in a cult that worships a mysterious woman, was both mine and my colleague Stephen Saito’s favorite film at South by Southwest. I don’t know where Marling came from — a parallel earth? — but she’s got some serious talent.
And speaking of “Sound of My Voice” it was also announced just in time for Earth Day (ho… ho?) that Fox Searchlight has also picked up that film for release. When I saw “Sound of My Voice” at SXSW, the producers in attendance were asked about distribution; they said that Marling had director Zal Batmanglij had offers, but were waiting to find a home that would treat the film properly. He also alluded to the fact that Marling and Batmanglij envision “Sound of My Voice” as the first entry in a larger series, and hinted that their choosiness over the distributor hinged in part on the fact that they wanted to ensure that they could get the sequels made. There’s no word in the press release about any of that, but I’m sure they’ll be asked about that when they’re making publicity rounds with the movie.
“Another Earth” opens on July 22. No word yet on a release date for “Sound of My Voice” but someday soon that’s going to be an awesome double feature.