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No, the box is not blue! It is, in fact, a black cube that pops up out of nowhere in Sadrac González‘s film Black Hollow Cage.

The movie was screened at the U.K. Raindance Film Festival in September 2017, but here in the U.S., this trailer is the first look we’re getting. MovieClips released the footage yesterday (February 19), and compared the film to 2014’s Ex Machina, starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac. With that one-line introduction to the clip, we expected the little girl in the film to be A.I. (artificial intelligence), but, actually, she’s human with a robotic arm.

The Ex Machina reference may be due to the similar woodsy settings. The little girl, named Alice (Lowena McDonell), lives with just her father in a secluded house in the forrest. The father and daughter aren’t quite alone, however, because they have a dog, who Alice calls “Mom.” In the trailer, Alice talks to Mom, and she… talks back.

To add to the mystery of this story, a young brother and sister come across their house in the woods. Alice, who’s possessive of her father’s attention, isn’t too keen on their presence. But a fix presents itself in the form of the cube in the wilderness, which allows her to travel back in time to before the visitors’ arrival:

We’re getting a slightly Hansel and Gretel vibe…

González is a Spanish director, whose previous work includes the 2010 feature film Vampire  in the Hole and short films like 2009’s Invisible Old People, which you can check out here.

The film doesn’t have a U.S. release date just yet, but the trailer’s release stateside is a good sign there’s one coming soon.

Does changing the past via time travel ever work out well? 

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By Brigid Brown