Hand-picked by director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Sofi) made her English language debut in 2011 in the highly anticipated sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp. She landed the role of Syrena, after a whirlwind of auditions in France, Hollywood, and the UK. Born in Barcelona to a Spanish father and a French-American mother, Bergès-Frisbey grew up in Spain, France and Dominican Republic and at the
age of 17 she moved to Paris on her own. In 2006 she got her first job as an actress via an online casting—a small part in a big European production but unfortunately her role ended up on the cutting room floor.
In 2007 Bergès-Frisbey got her first major part in Bernard Stora's film for France 2: Elles et Moi alongside actors Danielle Darrieux and Adiadna Gil. Then she spent four months in Cambodia on an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ novel The Sea Wall directed by the documentary
awards winner Rithy Panh where she worked alongside Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel. In 2008, she starred in the successful French comedy La Premiere Etoile directed by Lucien Jean-Baptiste, an adaptation of a Montherlant's play La Reine Morte for France 2. Additionally she starred on stage at the Theatre Marigny in Equus by Peter Shaffer. Since 2009, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has been starring in Spanish, French, and American films, acting in French, Spanish, Catalan and English, including a Spanish
independent film directed by Xavier Villaverde, Daniel Auteuil's first film, a remake of La Fille du Puisatier.
This past summer she was seen in Juliette, Pierre Godeau's first feature film. She recently finished filming Home is Where your Heart Aches directed by the visual artist and writer Julien Levy.
Michael Pitt (Dr. Ian Gray) is known for his gripping and unforgettable performances, working with some of the most talented filmmakers, such as Academy Award and Palme d’Or Winners Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Haneke and Larry Clark.
ichael recently starred in Martin Scorsese's Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire, playing opposite Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham
and Kelly MacDonald as well as Rob The Mob, a black comedy, which Pitt stars in with Tony Award winner Nina Arianda, Ray Romano and Andy Garcia and directed by Raymond DeFelitta. Michael Haneke cast Pitt in his U.S. remake of Funny Games, playing opposite Tim Roth and Naomi Watts. Bernardo Bertolucci cast him in his cult classic film The Dreamers, nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Film, playing opposite Eva Green. Gus Van Sant chose Michael to star and score Last Days, nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes
Film Festival, inspired by the last days of Kurt Cobain.
Michael Pitt was introduced to the Sundance Film Festival in his first film Hedwig And The Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The film won Home Audience and Best Director Awards. He then played in Larry Clark’s film Bully, nominated for Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. His first studio film was Murder By Numbers by acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder opposite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling. Other films include Silk with Keira Knightley, Delirious with Steve
Buscemi, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village with Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody and William Hurt, and Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forrester with Sean Connery and Anna Paquin, which was an Official Selection at The Berlin Film Festival.
Pitt’s first job as an actor was in his Off Broadway debut in The Trestle At Lick Creek, written by award winning playwright Naomi Wallace. His other theater credits include Mary Shelley’s Monster at Classic Stage, and Birdy, based on William Wharton’s novel by Naomi Wallace,
at Duke University.
Michael has produced original music compositions for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and Asia Argento’s adaptation of J.T. Leroy’s novel The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, along with fronting his alternative rock band Pagoda. He has also performed on stage with Patti Smith and Thurston Moore and is currently working on a solo record.
He has just completed a film he stars in, co-wrote and produced,
based on the underground classic memoir You Can’t Win by Jack Black, the story of a transient hobo thief in the early 1900’s, which greatly influenced William Burroughs and The Beat Generation; the film is directed by Rob Devor.
Brit Marling (Karen) recently wrapped production on Babylon, a six-part series directed by Danny Boyle and written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. The series focuses on London’s police force and look at the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines, as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny in one of the world’s busiest capital cities. Starring Marling as ‘Liz Garvey,’ she stars alongside Jimmy Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Daniel Kaluuya,
Johnny Sweet, Andrew Brooke and Bertie Carvel.
Upcoming, Marling will be seen in Daniel Barber's The Keeping Room, with co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Sam Worthington. Additionally, she wrapped production on A.J. Edwards' The Better Angels, opposite Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley and Jason Clarke. Marling portrays Nancy Lincoln,' Abe's mother. Marling was recently seen starring in Zal Batmanglij's The East, also featuring Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. This film marked the re-teaming
of Batmanglij and Marling, which she also co-wrote and co-produced. Additional credits include Robert Redford's The Company You Keep, co-starring alongside Redford, Shia LaBeouf, and Stanley Tucci; as well as Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller Arbitrage, co-starring opposite Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Laetitia Casta.
In 2011, Marling made an indelible mark at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as the first female multi-hyphenate to have two films premiere side by side. Marling's first feature length narrative film,
Another Earth, premiered at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Directed by Mike Cahill, Marling stars, co-wrote and co-produced the film. Her second feature length film, Sound of My Voice, premiere at Sundance in the Next category. Directed by Zal Batmanglij, Marling stars, co-wrote and co-produced the film. Fox Searchlight acquired both films following the festival premieres, and released them in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Brit was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for both films in the categories of Best First Feature
(alongside Cahill, Hunter Gray and Nicholas Shumacher) and Best First Screenplay (alongside Cahill) for Another Earth, and for Best Supporting Female and Best First Feature (alongside Batmanglij, Hans C. Ritter and Shelley Surpin) for Sound of My Voice.
Marling's foray into filmmaking started during her college years at Georgetown University, as she began writing and starring in projects that her friends were working on. This introduction led Marling to take a leave of absence from school, moving to
Havana, Cuba to co-direct the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas, which followed young artists and athletes living in the communist country. Marling graduated valedictorian from Georgetown, having studied Economics and Studio Art. Her work experience included a stint as an investment-banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Realizing that acting and filmmaking was what she found most fulfilling, Marling followed her passion and moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides.
Writer/Director Mike Cahill was born July 5, 1979 in New Haven, Connecticut. From a young age, Mike experimented with filmmaking on Fisher Price and VHS camcorders. While studying Economics at Georgetown University, he bought a Hi8 camera from a pawnshop and taught himself to edit on Adobe Premiere. Instead of pursuing a career in Economics, Cahill began working for National Geographic, first as an intern, but within a few months, he became the youngest field producer, editor, and cinematographer on the staff.
After several years filming sharks, turtles, and other sea life for the Crittercam series, Cahill moved to Cuba for a year to make the award-winning documentary, Boxers And Ballerinas. He later migrated to Los Angeles where he worked on various documentaries including the Sundance 2006 films, Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man and Everyone Stare: The Police Inside Out. Cahill made his feature film debut as director and screenwriter with Another Earth, a science fiction film about a parallel planet.
The film was a huge success at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize as well as the Special Jury Award at the festival. His second feature I Origins also won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Both films were distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mike currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs.
Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.