Archive of films I Origins / I Origins

2014, 113 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2014

Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Brit Marling in a romantic, sci-fi drama from director Mike Cahill (Another Earth). An encounter with a mysterious beauty drastically changes the life of a young molecular biologist who is fascinated by the human eye. Some years later he makes an unexpected discovery that calls into question his once unshakable faith in science.


Mike Cahill, one of the most intriguing figures of contemporary American independent film, tells the story of young molecular biologist Ian Gray, who is wholly preoccupied with studying the evolution of the human eye. His encounter with a beautiful but mysterious young woman takes this die-hard adherent of science to hitherto unfamiliar territory. Years later, Gray and his colleague Karen make a surprising discovery which calls into question his once unshakable faith in science and his scepticism of mystic forces. However, in order to prove or disprove his new theory, he will have to travel half way around the world. Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès–Frisbey and Brit Marling play the leads in this romantic sci-fi drama which struck a chord with critics and viewers alike at this year’s Sundance festival. Cahill handles his hazardous manoeuvres in the world of big ideas with receptive elegance and gentle lyricism, while the exhilarating visual qualities of this patently spiritual film were achieved in large part thanks to cinematographer Markus Förderer (Hell, 2011).

About the director

Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill (b. 1979, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) lives in Brooklyn. He studied economics at Georgetown University (2001) and debuted in film with Another Earth, which won the Special Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance festival in 2011. The latter honour is awarded to feature films which focus thematically on science or technology, or depict a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character; the prize was also awarded to Cahill at this year’s Sundance, which premiered his second film, I Origins.


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Mike Cahill
Screenplay: Mike Cahill
Dir. of Photography: Markus Förderer
Music: Will Bates, Phil Mossman
Editor: Mike Cahill
Producer: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky
Production: Verisimilitude, WeWork Studios
Coproduction: Bersin Pictures, Penny Jane Films
Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi
Contact: Fox Searchlight Pictures UK, CinemArt, a.s.
Distributor: CinemArt, a.s.


Mike Cahill

Film Director

Astrid Bergés-Frisbey


Marek Jeníček

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Michael Pitt


Aleš Tříska

Distributor, Producer

Aleš Danielis


Irena Kobosilová

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Jaroslav Kutheil


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Petr Slavík

Distributor, PR & Marketing

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