I Origins


2014, 113 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

Ian Gray, a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution, leaves his lab to go to a party and has an intense, but fleeting, encounter with a mysterious, masked model who escapes into the night. With only a picture of her stunning and iconic eyes, he tracks her down, and they fall in love. Their fundamentally different beliefs about life only serve to intensify their connection, and they vow to spend forever together. Years later, Ian and his lab partner, Karen, make a stunning discovery with profound existential implications. He must risk his life's work and his family to travel across the world to find the truth behind what he has found and what it may mean.

Writer/director Mike Cahill returns to Sundance (Another Earth screened at the Festival in 2011) with a new, enthralling exploration of the connective tissue between love and science. He casts Brit Marling again, as well as Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and utilizes their onscreen chemistry to vigorous effect. As emotionally moving as it is intellectually stimulating, I Origins solidifies Cahill’s position as a distinctive cinematic voice.

Director: Mike Cahill

Screenwriter: Mike Cahill

Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky

Cinematographer: Markus Förderer

Editor: Mike Cahill

Production Designer: Tania Bijlani

Costume Designer: Megan Gray

Composers: Will Bates, Phil Mossman

Principal Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi

About the Director

Mike Cahill’s feature debut, Another Earth, won a Special Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. I Origins is his second narrative feature. Cahill lives in Brooklyn.


1/18/2014 3:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 8:30 am
The MARC, Park City
1/20/2014 1:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
1/21/2014 6:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/24/2014 9:00 am
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 9:30 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC