After catching the attention of fans online, the details surrounding movie studio A24’s unknown, untitled sci-fi project have finally been revealed.
Last week, A24 posted a trailer on its YouTube page for the film, which many assumed was a full-length feature. Although A24 wouldn’t release any details about the movie, some Twitter detectives discovered an image still from the film floating around Flickr for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The still, which comes from a short film called Toru, is directed by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap and will play the festival as part of its collection of shorts.
According to a 2015 article from Wicked Local, Toru “centers on the story of a baby boy, named Toru, born with a fatal lung condition. As he only has a few days to live Toru's parents sign him up for a trial experiment that would simulate a full life in a matter of days.
“The film follows Toru's dream-like life simulation as a boy named Todd growing up in a New England suburb, and concludes in futuristic Japan.”
Toru is 14 minutes long and is a Japanese-language film, but will include English subtitles. Neither A24, nor Minard and Rashap have commented on whether they’d want to see the film turn into a feature-length title.
Sundance, one of the largest independent film festivals in the world, runs between Jan. 19 and 29.