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PRIMER

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2005, International Panorama)

Director: Shane Carruth

Moonlighting research geeks fluke the impossible: a garage-built and gaffer-taped, but functioning, time machine. The implications of their discovery are limitless but, as is so often the case, human beings achieve greatness only after they succumb to their basest instincts. This hypnotic, universe-scrambling sci-fi thriller is by producer, writer, director, editor and star Shane Carruth. "Science fiction, but of an unusually rigorous and unassuming kind. Like [Pi] or [Memento] (speculative brain teasers to which this has an obvious kinship), [Primer] is the kind of movie likely to inspire both imitators and cultists." - New York Times "A repeat-viewing brain twister to file alongside millennial puzzle films like [Mulholland Drive], [Primer] unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic Sci-Fi. Its analog-egghead approach may be the freshest thing the genre has seen since 2001. Less H.G. Wells than J.G. Ballard, Carruth's prodigious no-budget debut (surprise winner of the Grand Prize at Sundance 2004) is also the nerdiest and most plausible time-warp fantasy that movies have ever dreamed up." - Village Voice
D/S Shane Carruth WS Focus Films TD 35mm/col/2004/77mins Shane Carruth was born in Myrtle Beach, USA. [Primer] (2004) is his first film.

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