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What would you do if there was proof of an afterlife? The answer to this question is rivetingly explored in The Discovery, where world-renowned physicist Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) is able to scientifically prove the existence of an afterlife—but with dire consequences. His estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), tries to confront the situation by returning to the New England–esque island where he grew up. He crosses paths with Isla (Rooney Mara), who's returning to the island for mysterious reasons of her own. The tale unfolds over the ensuing days as the regret of past choices forces these lost characters to reflect on how they've gotten to where they are.

Director/co-writer Charlie McDowell (2014’s The One I Love) returns to the Festival with another metaphysical thriller that uses a fascinating premise as a launching point to explore complex issues in a deftly absorbing fashion. Enlisting a world-class cast who use their unique qualities to infuse humor and humanity, The Discovery plays to both the head and the heart.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Premieres


RUN TIME 101 min



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Charlie McDowell

After attending AFI, Charlie McDowell directed The One I Love, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. RADiUS-TWC bought the film at the Festival, and they released it domestically in August of 2014, to strong reviews. Charlie reunited with that film's screenwriter, Justin Lader, to co-write and direct The Discovery, starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, and Robert Redford. Netflix will release the film worldwide in 2017, both through streaming and in theatres.