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With both ex-husband Bruce Dern and daughter Laura Dern fresh off of their first Oscar nominations in decades, might Diane Ladd keep the family comeback alive?
In the upcoming “I Dream Too Much,” set to premiere at SXSW, Ladd plays Vera, an irritable retiree whose niece, Dora (Eden Brolin), comes to care for her after a bad accident. From first-time director Katie Cokinos, the film was executive produced by Richard Linklater, and features “Orange Is the New Black” standout Danielle Brooks in a supporting role. It’s one of the more anticipated directorial debuts to hit SXSW this year, but all eyes are on Ladd, who has been on a roll lately with an acclaimed performance in the HBO series “Enlightened” and a key role in the upcoming David O. Russell film “Joy.”
In a newly-released and exclusive clip, we get a taste of what Ladd will be bringing to the table. Expertly masking loneliness with a crusty (and funny) exterior, the “Rambling Rose” star brings a twinge of melancholy and plenty of droll humor to the character of Vera. The clip also provides a glimpse into the film’s stylings, which appear to be gently funny and richly naturalistic — in other words, very much reflective of what makes Linklater’s films so special.
“I Dream Too Much” will premiere at SXSW.