Though he’s best known for horror, sci-fi, and/or superhero genre fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, those who grew up watching Buffy’s troubled romantic entanglements with Angel and Spike will know that Joss Whedon has a bit of a soft spot for a supernatural love story.
Cue In Your Eyes, a romantic drama with a metaphysical edge that was penned by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill (Balls Don’t Lie). In Your Eyes stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) as Rebecca and Dylan, two people who couldn’t have more different lives but who seem to share a strange, unnatural bond.
Before these two characters can meet up as adults, however, they first need to experience some supernatural goings-on as children. Entertainment Weekly has released the first three minutes of In Your Eyes, which premieres at Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, and it establishes young Rebecca (Kiera Gruttadauria) and young Dylan (Alexander Kravec) as living obviously some distance apart, based on the fact that Rebecca’s home town is covered in snow and Dylan’s is dry and sunny.
Despite Dylan’s good start in life (things don’t get much better than an A-, a smiley face and a “Good work!“), things apparently take a downturn for him later on; by the time the plot catches up with him as an adult he is “an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start in New Mexico.” Rebecca, meanwhile, makes a recovery from her sledding accident and ends up becoming “a soft-spoken doctor’s wife living on the East Coast.”
Presumably the inconvenience of seeing through each other’s eyes prompts Rebecca and Dylan to seek one another out. It’s not the first time that this concept has been explored in the supernatural drama, but after these intriguing first few minutes In Your Eyes – which has been described by Whedon as a “timeless romance” - could well end up bringing something new to the table.
In Your Eyes premieres on April 20th, 2014, at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Source: Entertainment Weekly