RIVER PHOENIX'S LAST FILM SCREENED

February 18, 2013, 11:37 am Chris Jones, Yahoo! Movies UK

'Dark Blood', the film that River Phoenix was working on when he died, has been screened at the Berlin Film Festival almost 20 years after the actor's death in 1993.

The film, which is described as only 80 percent complete, was shown by its director, George Sluizer, on Thursday, followed by a press conference with Sluizer and Phoenix's co-star Jonathan Pryce.

The film is a post-apocalyptic drama which features Phoenix playing the role of Boy. The 23-year old actor died of a drug overdose just 11 days before filming could be completed.

River Phoenix as 'Boy' in 'Dark Blood'. Photo: Sluizer Films


Phoenix was described by Pryce as 'a remarkable young man' who had an 'old head on young shoulders.'

The film footage was recovered from its insurer just before it was to be destroyed, and Sluizer (80) vowed to reconstruct it (using voiceovers and a re-versioned script) in 2007, following a near fatal stroke. The director then began to gather the estimated 25 percent of footage that had gone missing following the project's abandonment.

Cinematographer Edward Lachman, actor Jonathan Pryce and director George Sluizer attend the 'Dark Blood' Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images


Its not yet known whether 'Dark Blood' - which has only been shown four times publicly in various versions since it was first recovered in 1999 - will get a general release.

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