ARTICLE KATE BRANCH
PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ABRAHAMS
STYLIST KEEGAN SINGH
IN JANUARY, V TRAVELED TO PARK CITY, UTAH, TO SEE WHAT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FORETOLD FOR 2014. IF THE TALENTS FEATURED IN V89 ARE ANY INDICATION, THE FUTURE OF CINEMA IS SHINING BRIGHT
Throughout his storied career, actor and musician Michael Pitt has continually been cast as a delinquent baby-faced antihero—let’s face it, the man knows how to brood with the best of them—but his Sundance turn as a noetic Ph.D. student, in Mike Cahill’s I Origins, offers a fresh take. “Mike apparently saw something in me as an actor that I’m not often asked to reveal,” says the New Jersey native and high school dropout, whose résumé includes cult films like Larry Clark’s drug-addled Bully (2001), Bernardo Bertolucci’s sexually electrified The Dreamers (2003), Gus Van Sant’s Last Days (2005), Michael Haneke’s psycho-thriller Funny Games (2007), and HBO’s Prohibition mobster series, Boardwalk Empire (2010–11). Most recently he starred in a Bonnie and Clyde–esque thriller, Rob The Mob, with Nina Arianda. In I Origins, Pitt’s character, Dr. Ian Gray, is mesmerized by the mysterious truths behind spirituality, but hammered by the hard facts of science, and so he studies their connection through the lens of the human eye. “I think people separate science from art, and that’s very closed-minded,” says Pitt, who also plays music and makes art from his home base in Brooklyn. “Great scientists are some of our most creative people.” Pitt says that he draws inspiration from all types of sources. (These days, he’s penning a new song based on F. W. Murnau’s 1926 film Faust.) “The story of the film helped me find the way to finish the lyrics I’ve been writing for a song,” he says. From German scholars to reuniting with Clark for his upcoming Paris-based film, The Smell of Us, Pitt has a wealth of artistic integrity at the ready.
I Origins opens July 18th.
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