In 2010, health problems persuaded the moviemaker to finish what he began via post-production.
"He had shot about 81 percent and there was enough material to make a suspenseful movie," Sluizer's daughter Anouk told the AFP. "My father had to find a creative solution, about which I cannot say much, as there is an element of surprise."
River's family seems estranged from the finished product, as they released a statement to Deadline.com saying that "Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director, nor will they participate in any way."
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The film will debut at the Utrecht festival September 27.