Following the news that the Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in early September, Magnolia Pictures has released the debut trailer. Brother-in-law Casey Affleck is the man behind the camera for the doc, which tracks Phoenix’s cinematic retirement, and subsequent ventures into a career as a hip hop musician. Check out the teaser after the jump.
I think the smart money still bets on “This is all a ruse.” The clip maintains its ground though, as the parties involved continue to play everything with a straight face… I think. Is the hyperbolic voiceover a serendipitous inspirational speech caught on camera, or a parody of such semi-scripted reality? The Diddy hug feels like a wink at the camera to me, but maybe I’m projecting my inability to take Mr. Combs seriously.
The cool part, though, is that everything I’ve seen/read so far indicates that I’m Still Here will be fascinating on some level when it hits theaters on September 10th.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck, I’M STILL HERE is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I’M STILL HERE follows the Oscar-nominee 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. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.
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