Miami Film Festival to Debut Final Film of Late Actor River Phoenix
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Miami International Film Festival will debut the final film which featured the late actor, River Phoenix. DARK BLOOD was reported to be 80% finished when the actor passed away in 1993. It is believed that the footage had 'disappeared into a vault' until now.
The film, directed by George Sluizer and co-starring Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis, tells the story of "a jet-set Hollywood couple (Pryce and Davis) who travel through the desert on a second honeymoon, trying to save their marriage. Their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere leaving them to find shelter in a man's (Phoenix) beaten-down shack, unaware that they will become his prisoners."
In 1999, Sluizer saved the film from destruction. The footage sat for more than 10 Years until the director took it upon himself to complete it. It premiered at last year's Dutch Film Festival.
Dark Blood is a film of legend, one of Hollywood's great mysteries," said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. "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."