Film about Joaquin Phoenix set for release

July 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnolia Pictures says it has acquired world rights to a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of U.S. actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Phoenix is best known for his work in "Parenthood," "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line.

"I'm Still Here" is his brother-in-law Casey Affleck's directorial debut.

The film follows Phoenix as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip-hop musician.

"Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads," the movie's distributors said in a news release Wednesday. "Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye."

Magnolia is to release "I'm Still Here" in U.S. theaters Sept. 10.

The younger brother of actor-director Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck has appeared in "Good Will Hunting," "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

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