Finally, a USA distributor picks up this film…
Been awhile since we talked about it. I saw it many months ago and dug it (my review HERE if you missed it).
Announced this afternoon, Strand Releasing has acquired all USA rights to Carol Morley's docudrama Dreams of Life.
The critically-acclaimed docu-drama stars Zawe Ashton whom Emmanuel interviewed some months ago (read that great interview HERE if you missed it); with all our coverage, most of you should be familiar with the film at this point.
If not, catch up…
As a recap… the film's synopsis again reads:
Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life – not even a photograph. Who was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age- the so-called age of communication? For her film Dreams of a Life, filmmaker Carol Morley set out to find out. Joyce may have died in tragic isolation, but Morley was not going to let her be forgotten. She placed adverts in newspapers, on the Internet, and on the side of a London taxi. What she finds out is extraordinary. A range of people that once knew Joyce help to piece together a portrait of the woman that became so forgotten. “She was very sweet, beautiful looking, a bit of a mystery. We weren’t too sure where she came from. It’s almost like she was a ghost, even then.” Dreams of a Life becomes as much about the people who remember her as it is about Joyce herself.
It was released (limited) on December 16th in London, and made its stateside debut at the SXSW Film Festival in March this year.
Strand plans to release the film in USA theaters on August 3rd, likely in a limited release.
Here's the trailer again if you missed it (although I'm sure a new one will be cut by Strand ahead of its Stateside release):