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First, intense trailer for Sundance alien invasion faux-documentary The Visit

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Dec 11, 2014, 3:47 PM EST (Updated)

Considering just how many movies have tackled the alien-invasion trope, it’s getting harder and harder to find a new angle — but buzzy indie flick The Visit looks to do just that.

Directed by documentary filmmaker Michael Madsen (Into Eternity), the film is essentially framed as a "documentary" for an event that never happened. In this case, first contact with an alien race, and it digs into the confusion and panic that would erupt if aliens suddenly showed up on Earth.

It’s a fascinating premise, and the faux-documentary style provides a unique lens to watch all the events unfold through. The first trailer is tantalizing and sets the mood so well we’re dying to see more. Here’s the official synopsis:

An alien encounter. A hypothetical visitor arrives from Outer Space. The authorities are immediately alerted - the military, defence and communication advisors, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. How to deal with this unprecedented event? How to reassure Earth's inhabitants, who are prone to panic, when you have no previous experience to draw upon?

The film must be fairly good, or at least have impressed a few people, because it’ll be included at the Sundance Film Festival this year. No word yet on an actual distribution deal for a wide or limited release, but if it gains any traction at Sundance, you’d think a release date will be soon to follow.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via Twitch Film)