A seemingly simple story set in the 1930s South about a family trying at all costs to fulfill their mother’s wish to be buried in a neighboring town.
James Franco remains true to William Faulkner’s prose and recreates the author's polyphonic narration by presenting the plot from several points of view on a split screen and in constant counterpoint (all with a resounding distinct southern drawl).
The director, who also stars in the film, guides his characters with a steady hand to expose their corporeality and imperfections. Christina Voros’s cinematography and the tension-and-release editing, punctuated by electronic music, weave a brutal and un-nostalgic portrait of historic America where simple people blindly fight for their share of the pie. A story that remains topical - not just in America.
James Franco (b. 1978,in Palo Alto, CA) is currently one of America’s most prolific directors. As an actor, he has received the Independent Spirit Award,Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. Films directed by Franco have screened at SXSW, Sundance and Venice film festivals.
2007 Fool’s Gold
2010 Saturday Night (dok. / doc.)
2010 The Clerks Tale (kr. m. / short)
2012 Francophrenia / Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) (współreż. / co-dir.)
2013 As I Lay Dying
2013 Child of God