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River Phoenix returns to screen at Berlinale – movieScope

The Berlin-based festival also announced Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, Billie August’s Last Train to Lisbon and David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalance will screen.

Phoenix died while shooting Dutch director George Sluizer psychological thriller in 1993, but Sluizer retained the footage of Pheonix he had already shot, secretly working on it for decades. The film was finally completed last year, before premiered the film at the Dutch Film Festival last September. Berlin will be the first international screening.

In Dark Blood, Phoenix plays Boy, who lives in  a nuclear testing site before taking a pair of Hollywood socialites – played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce – hostage.

Also screening are Richard Linklater’s Sundance title Before Midnight, the third film in the romantic series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Billie August’s literary adaptation Night Train to Lisbon, featuring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent and Jack Huston, and Prince Avalanche, a comedy featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirch.

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 7-17.




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