It can’t be film festival season without at least a couple projects involving James Franco and 2013 is no different. Over the coming weeks we’re going to see yet another film directed by the prolific polymath and another based on his book of stories, which he will star in. So let’s dive right in.
First up is “Child Of God,” Franco’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s novel, in which he brings together a cast including himself, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack to tell the story of one man’s slow drift away from civilization. A couple of new pics are here, including the first look at Tim Blake Nelson in character. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation.
We have to admit that we sort of forgot “Palo Alto” was even happening, but it is notable for a few things. Firstly, it’s the feature debut of Gia Coppola, yet another family member getting into the filmmaking business. She’s mostly done music videos and commercial work for now, and this marks her first time not only directing, from a screenplay she penned herself. Secondly, the film has a pretty interesting cast including Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Val Kilmer and….Franco, playing a football coach? Okay, we’re intrigued. Here’s the official synopsis:
An unflinching take on teen angst and adult ineptitude, PALO ALTO is from first-time helmer Gia Coppola. Teddy, April, Fred and Emily use booze, marijuana and sex to get through the turmoil of adolescence.
“Child Of God” will play both Venice and Toronto, while “Palo Alto” is only going to Italy. Images below.