“In the grand history of the cosmos, more than thirteen thousand million years old, our earth is replicated elsewhere. There’s another you out there.”
– Narrator, ANOTHER EARTH
If you could meet another version of yourself, what would you say? What if you had another chance at a life just like this one, only different – what would lure you, what would scare you, and what, if anything, would stop you?
Mike Cahill’s intimate and provocative first feature, ANOTHER EARTH, tells the starkly moving story of Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a brilliant young woman searching for a way to right a terrible tragedy. She lives in a world just like ours, except that suddenly, overnight, a mysteriously similar planet – provisionally dubbed Earth 2 – has appeared in the sky, like a giant, reflective mirror hanging over us.
For Rhoda, that strange, eerie planet, and the parallel reality scientists say it promises, is her last hope. Lost after a shocking accident halted her dreams of becoming an astrophysicist, she has no sense of the future. Driven in life only by the need to confront her past, Rhoda ends up at the front door of the man whose life she irrevocably changed – renowned composer John Burroughs (William Mapother).
Both disconnected, mistrustful and full of doubts about who they are, they fall into an unlikely, and risky, love affair. But when Rhoda gets the incredible chance to travel to Earth 2, it will expose the hidden truth between them and raises the question: what if the greatest mystery in the vast unknown is ourselves?
ANOTHER EARTH, a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the best film focusing on themes of science and technology as well as the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature.
UK Release: 2nd December 2011
Running time 92 minutes
Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling
Producers: Hunter Gray, Mike Cahill, Brit Marling and Nicholas Shumaker
Cast: Brit Marling, William Mapother and Jordan Baker
Official website www.anotherearth.co.uk