Joey Nolfi
June 08, 2016 AT 04:55 PM EDT

Though the sci-fi drama Equals takes place amid a dystopian future where people have lost the ability to feel basic emotions, Kristen Stewart seemingly inspires curious affection from Nicholas Hoult in an exclusive clip (above) from the upcoming film. 

The scene sees Stewart seated in what appears to be a cafeteria, gazing down at a bumble bee that has landed on the table in front of her. Hoult, seated opposite her, watches intently as Stewart traps the insect under a glass, musing on its physicality. “According to the laws of aerodynamics, they shouldn’t fly,” she says, the film’s hypnotic score beginning to surge. “But they don’t know it, so they fly anyway.” 

The sci-fi drama was written by Nathan Parker (Moon) and directed by Drake Doremus, who previously helmed the 2011 romance Like Crazy, which was famously filmed without a script and featured largely improvised performances from Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, and Chris Messina. 

Following its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in Sept. 2015, Equals next traveled to the Toronto International Film Festival and later to the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Equals is currently exclusively available on DirecTV and hits theaters July 15. 

Watch Stewart ponder the wonders of winged insects in the clip above, and check out the Equals trailer in the video below. 

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