Tsumugi Eshima appears in Toru by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap, an official selection of the Shorts Programs at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Tsumugi Eshima appears in Toru by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap, an official selection of the Shorts Programs at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Last week A24 had the internet abuzz – the company released a mysterious trailer for what was thought to be for an upcoming science-fiction feature film. Mystery solved.

The trailer is not for a feature, but a short called Toru, directed by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap, that is set to premiere in the Shorts Program 1 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

With a science fiction undercurrent, 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.

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