Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, Across the Universe) star in Upside Down, an interplanetary dystopian romance about a young man’s search for the long-lost girl of his dreams. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Juan Solanas and set in twinned worlds with opposite gravities, the film puts an eye-popping, original twist on the classic tale of forbidden love.
Lovers Adam (Sturgess) and Eden (Dunst) are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions—he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. The planets are so close that their highest mountain peaks almost touch. That’s where Adam and Eden first meet as children. And later, as teens, where he pulls her down to his world by a rope to cavort in dual-gravity bliss (visiting the other planet does not release a person from the gravitational pull of their native planet). But when interplanetary border-patrol agents attack them, Eden falls back to her world—apparently dead.
Ten years later, Adam learns that Eden is alive and working at TransWorld—a vast corporation whose towering headquarters is the only structure that connects the planets—and the only legal means of passing between them. In a desperate attempt to find her, Adam gets a job at TransWorld developing a revolutionary face-lift cream based on a secret, gravity-neutralizing ingredient that has been passed down for generations in his family. From his lower-world cubicle, he quickly sets about infiltrating the upper-world executive suites to reconnect with Eden.
And so begins a quest fraught with dangers and challenges—from having to woo Eden all over again because of the memory loss she suffered in the fall, to fleeing authorities through a topsy-turvy realm where up is sometimes down and down is sometimes up. Upside Down is a visually stunning romantic adventure that asks the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?
Kirsten Dunst can next be seen in the sci-fi romance Upside Down with Jim Sturgess for director Juan Diego Solanas. She recently completed production on Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces Of January opposite Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.
Dunst’s additional film credits include the following: Walter Salles’s film adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac novel, On The Road, opposite Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart; Bachelorette, directed by Leslye Headland, opposite Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; Melancholia, directed by Lars Von Trier, opposite Charlotte Rampling and Charlotte Gainsberg for which Kirsten earned the Best Actress prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was named Best Actress by the National Society of Film Critics; Stewart Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things with Ryan Gosling; Marie-Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola and also starring Jason Schwartzman; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kauffman, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo; Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, opposite Tobey Maguire; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People with Simon Pegg; Elizabethtown, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, opposite Orlando Bloom; Wimbeldon with Paul Bettany; the Mike Newell film, Mona Lisa Smile, opposite Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal; the independent film, Levity, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Morgan Freeman; The Cat’s Meow, a semi-biographical murder-mystery in which, directed by Peter Bogdanavich, Dunst portrayed Marion Davies; Bring it On, which opened number-one at the box office; the critically acclaimed Sofia Coppola film, The Virgin Suicides, with James Woods and Kathleen Turner; Crazy/Beautiful, directed by John Stockwell; Drop Dead Gorgeous with Ellen Barkin and Kirstie Alley; Dick with Michelle Williams; Little Women with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder; Jumanji with Robin Williams; Mother Night with Nick Nolte; the Barry Levinson film Wag The Dog starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro; Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, among other accolades; and Small Soldiers with the late Phil Hartman.
Dunst got her showbiz start at the age of three, when she began filming television commercials. With more than 50 commercials under her belt, she made the jump to the big screen in 1989 in Woody Allen’s New York Stories.
Dunst’s career has not been limited to the big screen. In addition to a critically acclaimed recurring role on the hit television drama “ER,” for which she was honored by The Hollywood Reporter with a “Best Young Star” award, she starred in Showtime’s “The Outer Limits and Devil’s Arithmetic,” produced by Dustin Hoffman and Mimi Rogers; the telefilm “Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy;” the Wonderful World of Disney’s “Tower of Terror;” and Lifetime Television’s “15 and Pregnant.”
Exploring work behind the camera, as well, Dunst made her directorial debut with the short film Welcome, starring Winona Ryder, which screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and recently wrapped production on the short film Bastard, which she directed and co-wrote. The film, which stars Juno Temple and Brian Geraghty, was accepted into the 2010 Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals.
Jim Sturgess will next star in the sci-fi fantasy film Upside Down opposite Kirsten Dunst which will be released by Millennium Entertainment on March 15th.
He also will also star in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer opposite Geoffrey Rush. The film, which will premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of an eccentric art expert who meets a mysterious woman that changes his life forever.
His other upcoming films include Electric Slide opposite Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny and Isabel Lucas and Ashes opposite Lesley Manville and Ray Winstone.
This past fall, he starred in Cloud Atlas opposite Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon. Based on David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, the film explores how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachoswki directed and produced the film, which premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and was released by Warner Bros. on October 26th.
Other recent credits include Lone Scherfig’s One Day opposite Anne Hathaway, Zack Snyder’s Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Philip Ridley’s critically acclaimed UK release Heartless, Peter Weir's fact-based The Way Back, starring opposite Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
Sturgess was previously seen in Kari Skogland's award-winning independent film Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the drama based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life as an undercover spy who infiltrated the IRA. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and Sturgess was nominated for the 2009 Vancouver Film Critics (VFC) Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Canadian Film.
He also starred in Robert Luketic's 2008 box office hit 21, alongside Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey, The Other Boleyn Girl opposite Natalie Portman and Julie Taymor’s critically acclaimed film Across the Universe opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Sturgess was nominated as the Best Newcomer by the Empire Film Awards in 2009.
Juan Solanas is born on November 4, 1966 in Buenos Aires. In 1977, political upheaval in Argentina obliges the Solanas Family to seek exile in France. Juan Solanas studies Art History and philosophy in Paris. In addition to this university studies, he develops a passion for photography.
His first work is immediately noticed. His father being a filmmaker, Juan Solanas mixes with the world of cinema from an early age. His passion for photography naturally leads him onto films sets. He assists Felix Monti, a well-known Argentinian Director of Photography, then works as Grader and finally as Director of Photography for his father, Fernando E. Solanas (Directing Prize for Le Sud, Cannes Film Festival, 1988).
Through numerous commercials and music videos (Obispo, Faudel, Blankass, etc.), Juan Solanas has demonstrated his talent as a director for the past 15 years.
In 2000, Juan Solanas has written, directed and coproduced his first short film L’homme sans tête (The Man Without a Head). This ambitious film has been selected at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and received from Emir Kusturica’s hands, the Jury Prize, awarded by unanimity. It was the only French movie to won a price this year. He also receives the Best Short Film Prize Césars 2004 as The Special Jury Prize at Imagina 2004. The film has also been selected in about a hundred festivals and continues to receive prizes all around the world.
After that Juan Solanas has written, directed and coproduced Nordeste (2005), his first feature film with Carole Bouquet and Aymara Rovera. This movie filmed in Argentina was presented in Cannes Sélection Officielle « Un Certain Regard » 2005 and won the Best Film and Best Actress Prize in the Stockholm Film Festival 2005.
Juan Solanas also coproduced two young Argentinian directors’ films: La Leon by Santiago Otheguy (2007) and Por tus Propios ojos by Liliana Paolinelli (2006).
Upside Down is his second feature film as a director which he also wrote.