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River Phoenix's last movie hits Berlin 20 years after death

Published on Feb 15, 2013 8:48 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - The late River Phoenix made a haunting reappearance on the big screen Thursday as the last movie to feature the acclaimed star, who died of a drug overdose at 23, was presented at the Berlin film festival two decades after he made the picture.

The contemporary Western Dark Blood shows what is believed to be the last footage of Phoenix, who died 10 days before he was meant to finish the shoot.

Dutch director George Sluizer, now 80, resumed work on the film in 2009 and narrates missing scenes aloud over still frames in the completed movie.

The picture, which came in at just under 90 minutes, tells the story of Boy, a grieving young widower with Native American roots who is living at a nuclear testing facility in the desert after his wife died of radiation exposure.

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