Attieh and Garcia broke out in 2010 with “Ok, Enough, Goodbye” and now present their first foray into science fiction with “H.,” a dreamy-looking title that has already picked up buzz among Sundance Film Festival-goers. Here’s the synopsis:
In Troy, New York, two women, both named Helen, carry on seemingly complacent existences with their respective partners. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing; and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.
Could this be a Sundance sci-fi breakout on the level of Shane Carruth’s 2004 smash “Primer,” the creepy time-travel mind-bender that won him the Grand Jury Prize? “H.” also looks to be a lo-fi, high-concept film a la James Ward Byrkit’s 2014 fest hit “Coherence,” which also involved a celestial object’s strange and identity-scrambling hold over a group of people.
The filmmaking duo recently won the Indie Spirits’ Someone To Watch Award and we will indeed be watching out for this one at the fest. It stars Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, and Roger Robinson.