First show: April 12

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort (his feature debut, Primer, won the Sundance Film Festival 2004 Grand Jury Prize) is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach. – Sundance 2013. Dir: Shane Carruth. Starring Amy Seimetz. 2013. Digital. 96 mins. Nightly at 7pm & 9:15pm, plus Sat. + Sun. at (2:45pm) & 4:45pm.

“Upstream Color is built around mind control & the creation of spiritual doubles, is the most original story in years. A classic.” – Tom Hall, HAMMER TO NAIL

“Dense, beautiful, hypnotic, and almost willfully opaque, ‘Upstream Color’ is a great movie. A tremendous return by a gifted filmmaker, and one of the real highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.” – Drew McWeeny, HitFix

“By abandoning the need for specific interpretation, Carruth nails the fundamental inscrutability of the universe while remaining in awe of it the whole way through. “Upstream Color” is routinely confusing but not oppressively so; its final exquisite moments explain little yet still manage to invite you in.” – Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

“One of the best love stories I’ve seen in a long time.” – James Rocchi, MSN

“I can’t, I mean, I don’t even… What the… I just… Holy fucking shit. I can’t begin to explain UPSTREAM COLOR, but the only time I’ve felt Stendahl Syndrome like this is watching TREE OF LIFE. Memo to crix writing up UC: words like meaningless and pretentious are excused to grapple with the work.” – Sam Adams, THE AV CLUB

“Magnificent. I’m in awe of this movie.” – Russ Fischer, SLASH FILM


UPSTREAM COLOR: Upcoming Showtimes