ARTICLE MARK JACOBS
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
It’s always warm in Park City when you’re Brit Marling. We hesitate to call the multi-hyphenate an “indie darling,” but she certainly has an impeccable Sundance track record, one that includes cowriting, coproducing, and starring in festival favorites such as Sound of My Voice (2011), Another Earth (2011), and The East (2013). This year is no different. In the haunting science-versus-faith drama I Origins, Marling plays Karen, a lab assistant to a Ph.D. candidate (Michael Pitt) fixated on disproving intelligent design by studying the human eye. The film, promptly picked up by Fox Searchlight, is another example of the Chicago native’s propensity for loftier, mathematical, sometimes countercultural ideas. “Science fiction is a way of talking about the same old dramas, but putting them under a different pressure, showing them in a new context,” she says. “There’s always something in a sci-fi premise, even though it’s far-flung, that you find mirrored in your own life.” Such intellectualism is soundly based in academia. Marling was valedictorian of her graduating class at Georgetown University, where she studied economics and studio art. then she attempted an internship “plugging numbers into financial models,” at Goldman Sachs, before lighting out for Hollywood. “It was a long time before I had a moment of either recklessness or courage, where I was like, I’m going to try and even if I fail and make a mockery of my life, at least I’m trying something that feels beautiful on the inside,” she says. Marling moved to Los Angeles with filmmakers Mike Cahill (writer and director of I Origins) and Zal Batmanglij, who comprise her formidable and prolific nest of regular collaborators. “It’s an amazing thing to find two people that you hope you can tell stories with for the rest of your life,” she says.
I Origins is in theaters September, 2014
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