Dark Matter

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Dark Matter (2007) tells the story of Liu Xing (Liu Ye), a brilliant Chinese astronomy student at an American university, whose single ambition is to solve the mystery of dark matter, an unseen substance that shapes the universe. Liu Xing’s bold theories bring him in conflict with his charismatic mentor, Jacob Reiser (Aidan Quinn). A patron of the university with a passion for Chinese culture, Joanna (Meryl Streep) tries to help Liu Xing navigate treacherous academic politics, but fails.  His American dream shattered, Liu Xing turns to violence.

Dark Matter won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen for Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects series.   The New York Times called it “a movie of ideas that does an exemplary job of translating scientific speculation into layman’s language,” and TV Guide called it a “hypnotic, culturally pertinent drama.”

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