River Phoenix's Final Film Dark Blood To Debut At Fall Film Festival
Posted on Wed Aug 1, 2012 08:00 AM PDT

River-Phoenix200.jpg COLOGNE, Germany (X17online) - Dutch director George Sluizer has put the final touches on Dark Blood, the movie that actor River Phoenix was working on when he tragically died of a heart attack Halloween night 1993 outside the Viper Room.

The movie will makes it debut at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on Sept. 27, and it will be competing for the Golden Calf award.

It has been a long road to completion! Sluizer originally abandoned the film two decades ago, but secured post production and editing financing to complete the film late last year. Some of the funding came from the Netherlands Film Fund, while the rest was provided by Cinecrowd.

Dutch production house Eyeworks helped the director navigate the sticky legal issues surrounding releasing the actor's posthumous project.

In the film, Phoenix plays Boy, a young widower living on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While waiting for the world, his character begins to carve special dolls that supposedly hold magical powers. His life is changed when a passing couple becomes stranded in the desert after their car breaks down, whereby he rescues them and then takes them prisoner.

The film also stars Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, and Karen Black.