Independent Spirit Award-winning performances from Jeff Bridges (American Heart), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave (Gods and Monsters), and Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo (Sex, Lies and Videotape).
Sound of My Voice
Brit Marling’s much-acclaimed on-screen brilliance, effortless glamour and genuine independent sensibility is quickly making her a true movie star for the indie set. Here are five films that showcase what the critically-beloved BABYLON star can do.
1. Another Earth
This emotional sci-fi drama, co-written by Marling and frequent collaborator/director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Marling’s brainy, astronomy-obsessed high school senior, Rhoda, who celebrates her admission to MIT with an uncharacteristic night of carefree partying. Rhoda’s moment of recklessness has devastating consequences, but a newly discovered Earth-like planet that may serve as a parallel universe might provide a way out. Another Earth was a major hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, sparking off a bidding war between top distributors and earning Marling a pair of Saturn Award nominations for her work as writer and star, along with Best Actress awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society and the Sitges Film Festival.
This acclaimed drama racked up award nods and scored a spot on best-of-2012 lists
One of the best films I saw at SXSW this year was SOUND OF MY VOICE, a lean, disturbing micro-thrill of a film that features strong relationships as well as a strong genre bend. The film debuted at Sundance 2011’s NEXT series and the director, Zal Batmanglij, co-wrote the screenplay with his enigmatic star Brit Marling. An actress with no formal training, Marling dominates the screen in this small vehicle, which makes the other performances less compelling (this is due mostly to a brief bout of clichéd writing).
Brit Marling (Photo credit: Yvan Rodic / Face Hunter)
An economics major and an internship at Goldman Sachs as the path to Sundance? For Brit Marling, who stars and co-wrote not one but two films premiering here (ANOTHER EARTH and SOUND OF MY VOICE), and who’s been tagged as one of this year’s “It” girls
Just a few summers ago, the blonde, ethereal actress was studying economics at Georgetown University, which led to a summer on Wall Street. This led to disillusionment, which led to dropping out of school and moving to Cuba. Which led to making a documentary (BOXERS AND BALLERINAS) with a friend from school. Which led to going back to school, graduating, and moving to LA. Which led to more disillusionment.
“The things I would go read for, as a young, unknown actor, were pretty awful,” Marling said yesterday, curled up on a sofa, wearing a clingy floral dress and leather boots. “And people keep telling you, ‘Just do this stuff,’ this, like, horror film where you’re the girl in the bikini running from the man with the axe.”