Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Shi-Zheng Chen


  • Meryl Streep
  • Liu Ye
  • Chi Peng


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2007

Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.

Talented, intensely driven Chinese cosmology student Liu Xing (Liu Ye) arrives at an American university eager to unravel the secrets of dark matter—matter that can be inferred to exist from its gravitational effects, but does not emit or absorb detectable amounts of light. When academic politics dash his chances for a Nobel prize, he responds violently. Inspired by actual events, this haunting and humane portrait of a conflicted individual explores ideas of acculturation, the ironies of "freedom," and insatiable ambition.

Possible Topics

  • Shedding light on the search for dark matter