After receiving acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival last May as an official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, actor-director James Franco brings the searing drama As I Lay Dying to mainstream cinemas.
Directed by James Franco from a screenplay by Franco and Matt Rager, As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother, Addie, to her hometown for burial.
Addie’s husband, Anse, and their children — Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one, Vardaman — leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin, each affected by Addie’s death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some 40 miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and, not least of all, each individual character’s personal turmoil and inner commotion that at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.
The film stars Franco, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, Jim Parrack, Beth Grant, and Ahna O’Reilly.
Widely regarded as one of the best works of 20th century literature, As I Lay Dying is known for its unique approach to storytelling — shifting the first person narration between a whopping 15 characters over the course of nearly 60 chapters.
Published in 1930, As I Lay Dying holds a solid canonical position as one of Faulkner’s best and most frequently republished works, along with The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!, all of which are set in the novelist’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County, a Mississippi state of mind as well mapped mentally by its creator as J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Middle-earth.
As I Lay Dying, distributed by Millennium Entertainment, will be shown in the Philippines exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 27.