Though it’s been nearly 20 years since his untimely death, actor River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, will finally have a North American premiere at the 30th annual Miami International Film Festival, according to The Wrap.
At the time of his death in 1993, Phoenix had reportedly completed nearly 80 percent of his work in the George Sluizer-directed thriller. Sluzier, best known for his haunting 1988 Dutch film The Vanishing, completed the film early last year. The finished cut had its world premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival last fall.
The film co-stars Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis as a married couple whose car breaks down in the desert. The two are picked up by a mysterious man played by Phoenix, who proceeds to keep them prisoner and seduce the Judy Davis character.
Phoenix, a highly regarded young actor who scored an Oscar nomination in 1988 for the film Running on Empty and proceeded to work with directors such as Steven Spielberg and Gus Van Sant, died of a drug overdoes at the age of 23. He was the older brother of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenx.
“Dark Blood is a film of legend, one of Hollywood’s great mysteries,” festival executive director Jaie Laplante said in a statement. “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.”