Dark Blood has its premiere at Berlin film festival two decades after his death from a drugs overdose
The late actor River Phoenix was briefly reincarnated for cinema audiences on Thursday when his last film finally had its international premiere at the Berlin film festival, 20 years after his sudden death brought an abrupt end to its production.
Phoenix died of a drugs overdose at the age of 23 just 10 days before the completion of Dark Blood, in which he plays a young widower with Native American roots who kidnaps a Hollywood couple.
Dutch-born director George Sluizer rescued the completed rolls of film from the vault of the movie's insurance company, which became the owner of the unfinished material just days before it was due to be destroyed. He finally finished the movie last month, voicing over the scenes from the screenplay that Phoenix never filmed.
His "fundamental idea", he said, had »
- Kate Connolly
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