Some people like to think that their one true love is waiting for them somewhere on the other side of the world. In his upcoming film, Upside Down, Argentine director Juan Solanas is taking that idea to an interesting extreme.
The movie, which merges science-fiction with romance, tells the story of a man, Adam (Jim Sturgess), who pines for the love of Eve (Kirsten Dunst), a women he once met long ago in another world. The twist is that the other world isn’t some unknown planet, but rather an inverted world in the sky that has its own gravity. (In essence an Upside Down world, as the title implies).
The core conflict of the movie is as old as time: star-crossed lovers fight to be together, despite overwhelming odds. However, Solanas’ interesting premise (the lovers are not just separated by class, but quite literally by the laws of physics) makes this film much more intriguing. Setting aside the plot, just consider how interesting the film might look.
In addition to its award-winning director (Solanas directed the innovative short film The Man Without A Head), Upside Down boasts a talented production crew that includes Production Designer Alex McDowell (Watchmen) and Supervising Art Director, Michelle McGahey (Dark City, The Matrix). If these early images are any indication, the team has gotten off to a fine start in bringing this upside down world to life.
Check out the first images of the film, which come our way thanks to the French blog Into the Screen (via io9), as well as two posters for the movie. You can click the top two images for higher resolution versions. Check out the official synopsis for the film after the images.
Look up towards the sky and rub your eyes because you won’t believe what you see: cities, forests, and oceans with their own inverted gravity, only an arm’s length away, yet completely unreachable. Take a leap over to this alternate reality, two worlds – one above, one below‐ facing each other, and you’ll land in the extraordinary world of Upside Down, the new ground‐breaking film of Juan Solanas, the director of the innovative Cannes and César‐prized short film The Man Without A Head and heartbreaking 2005 Cannes film Nordeste.
Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach… a girl named Eve. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown‐up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back… Not even the law or science!
Upside Down will likely hit theaters sometime in 2012. We’ll keep our eyes out for any additional images from this interesting-sounding film until then.
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