'Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix' found
Friday 16 July 2010
A highly anticipated documentary - or mockumentary - about a strange year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix when he made a foray into hip-hop music is set for September release, announced Magnolia Pictures on July 14.
I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix got its start after Phoenix, who portrayed American singer Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, announced publicly in 2008 that he would be retiring from acting in order to pursue a career as a rapper. He continued to give numerous other interviews - including an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman - talking seriously about what many believe to be a comedic hoax.
The film is directed by actor Casey Affleck ( Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen), who is Phoenix's brother-in-law, in his directorial debut. Affleck claims the situation is real. Hip Hop entrepreneur Sean Combs, who appears in the film, agrees.
The studio states that I'm Still Here is not a stunt and calls the filmmaking "jaw-dropping but dimensional," according to entertainment website Deadline Hollywood. The film may be screened at the Venice or Toronto film festivals before it opens in theaters.
According to the release: "Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye."
In the US, I'm Still Here will get a limited release on September 10, followed by widespread release on September 17.
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