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Fans of River Phoenix will finally get to see the late actor’s final film, Dark Blood, which he was making at the time of his death at age 23 in 1993.
Director George Sluizer saved the film in 1999, moving the footage to the Netherlands. It sat there, unfinished until October 2011, when Sluizer said that he had begun finishing the film, which was 80 percent done when Phoenix died. Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce co-star in the film.
Dark Blood had its world premiere at the Dutch Film Festival in fall 2012 and will finally be seen by a North American audience this March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be screened at the Miami International Film Festival, which runs from March 1-10.
“Dark Blood is a film of legend, one of Hollywood’s great mysteries,” the festival’s executive director, Jaie Laplante, told THR. “The tragic loss of River Phoenix’s outstanding talent is still profoundly felt 20 years later. We are proud that George Sluizer has honored Miami as the place to finally share his remarkable collaboration with Phoenix and the other great artists involved with Dark Blood.”
According to E! News, Phoenix, the brother of The Master actor Joaquin Phoenix, plays a drifter in the film who takes a couple (Pryce and Davis) prisoners after their car breaks down in the desert.