19932012, Colour, Netherlands. The, World Greats
Original language : english



Production Team

Director : George Sluizer

Screenwriter : Jim Barton

Cinematographer : Edward Lachman

Editor : Michiel Reichwein

Cast : River Phoenix, Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, Lorne Miller, T. Dan Hopkins, George Aguilar

Music : Florencia di Concilio, James Michael Taylor

Film production and Sales : George Sluizer, Sluizer Films, Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), tél.: (+31-06) 2052 80 98, sluiz088@kpnmail.nl Ventes/Sales: EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), tél.: (+31-20) 589 14 00, info@eyefilm.nl



Boy, a young widower with native American roots, retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home. Boy is waiting for the end of the world and carves katchina dolls that supposedly contain magical powers. His refuge is suddenly invaded by Harry and Buffy, Hollywood actors who have come to the desert on a second honeymoon in an attempt to save their marriage. Their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the couple is rescued by Boy. Boy holds them prisoner because of his desire for the woman and his ambition to create a better world with her... When DARK BLOOD's star, River Phoenix, died suddenly ten days before the end of the shoot in 1993, the film's insurance company became the owner of the unfinished film. Years later director George Sluizer managed to save the footage and in 2012 he decided to finish the film by narrating the missing scenes himself. "This terrifically played and superbly photographed three-hander reveals to what extent the 23-year-old star was an intense and unpredictable talent -- one whose short but impressive career clearly was cut off at its prime." -- Jordan Mintzer (Hollywood Reporter)



Born in Paris in 1932, George Sluizer studied at IDHEC, the Paris film school, and began his career making documentaries for television in the 1960s. He taught at the Netherlands Film Academy in the 1970s and was a member of the Dutch Council of Arts. His filmography includes: TWICE A WOMAN (1979), RED DESERT PENITENTIARY (1984), THE VANISHING (1988), UTZ (1991), THE VANISHING (1993, Hollywood remake of his earlier film), CRIMETIME (1996), DYING TO GO HOME (1996), THE COMMISSIONER (1998) and THE STONE CRAFT (2002), several of which were shown at the MWFF.



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