Joaquin Phoenix made jaws drop and nervous laughter bubble up in 2008 afterannouncing that he was going to quit acting to pursue a rap career. While the jury’s still out on whether the entire thing was just a Kaufman-esque hoax, his friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck followed him around for the year andfilmed it for a documentary. I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix will see limited release Sept. 10 with a wider release following just a week after.
Indie powerhouse Magnolia Pictures—which released Phoenix’s last actual movie, Two Lovers, in 2009—obtained world rights to the documentary that chronicles the actor’s transformation into an MC.
“No matter what I thought coming in, I came out feeling this was a pretty amazing piece of work, jaw dropping but dimensional," Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles told The AV Club. “It is going to get a lot of attention, but it is not some cheap stunt where they said, ’Let’s do some wild stuff and film it.’ It is extreme behavior but really good filmmaking as well. Frankly, some of the behavior is very extreme. But it is in the context of the insanity of being in Joaquin’s life for that period of time. It is a unique piece of work that is going to surprise people in different ways.”
As we’ve mentioned before, the film contains gems like a lot of full-frontal male nudity, cocaine-snorting and apparently disturbing scenes involving human feces. Yep.